Intense Djibouti diplomatic activity in the last week of August, with the aim of strengthening some of the main regional prerogatives of interest to the small republic in the Horn of Africa.
On August 30, Djibouti’s Foreign Ministry expressed its “deepest regret” over Algeria’s decision to break off diplomatic relations with Morocco, hoping for a quick solution to the crisis. Morocco and Algeria, defined as “brother countries” by the Djibouti government, share, according to Djibouti, the interest in promoting African stability and the Arab world.
The position expressed by Djibouti, although conciliatory, is in line with that of Morocco and its main international partners, including the United States.
On August 31, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh had a telephone conversation to discuss the main issues of bilateral interest. Although no indiscretions were leaked about the conversation, it is clear that security issues related to the evolution of the conflict in Tigray and, especially, the expansion of the conflict in the regional state of Afar, without a shadow of a doubt constituted the central pare of this conversation.
The following day, instead, the new Ethiopian ambassador in the country, Abdi Mahmoud Ibe, presented his credentials to the Djibouti Foreign Ministry. To receive them the director general of protocol, Faisal Alie.
Also on August 31, instead, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser Al-Mohammad Al-Sabah, received the Djiboutian ambassador Mohammad Ali Moumin for official greetings at the end of his mandate in the country. The strong ties between the two countries and the growing profile of cooperation were reaffirmed on the occasion.