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Djiboutian, European officials discuss development
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Djiboutian Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Co-operation Mahmoud Ali Youssouf on Sunday (March 3rd) discussed ongoing European Union-funded development projects with Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Maciej Popowski, Djibouti's La Nation reported.
The two officials discussed projects such as water desalination and renewable energy initiatives.
Youssouf also drew Popowski's attention to the February 22nd legislative elections in Djibouti, pointing out that international observers declared the elections successful and transparent, despite protests from the opposition.
Youssouf said the abolition of the majority-list system highlights the Djiboutian government's respect for democratic ideals by allowing multiple political viewpoints in parliament. President Ismail Omar Guelleh's Union for a Presidential Majority has held all parliamentary seats since 2003.
Popowski underlined Djibouti's role as a strategic base for European anti-piracy efforts and praised the Djiboutian government for sending troops to join the African Union Mission in Somalia.
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