National Independence Day was held in Djibouti on June 27, with the organization of a military parade where the new Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drones were officially shown to the public. This confirmed the delivery of the first examples of the armed drone to the Horn of Africa country, the news of which had been leaked a few months ago but not confirmed by the manufacturer of the remotely piloted aircraft (

U.S. State Department Under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, on the other hand, was on a mission to Africa from June 11 to 17, also visiting Djibouti with the intention of promoting bilateral relations between the two countries. The topics of discussion during the meetings focused mainly on regional security (

A few days later, on June 19, China’s special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Xue Bing, participated in a conference on regional peace and stability in Addis Ababa, co-sponsored by Ethiopia and China, offering to mediate disputes and regional stability. The conference was also attended by, among others, the foreign minister of Djibouti, which hosts China’s first naval military base (


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