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Djibouti: National Day of Djibouti today
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today is the National Day of Djibouti. A country in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is bounded by Eritrea on the north, Ethiopia on the west and south, and Somalia on the southeast. The remainder of the border is formed by the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

The capital of Djibouti is the city of Djibouti. Located at this intersection of trade routes connecting the Indian Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea, and Africa with the Middle East, Djibouti has a long been an agricultural and commercial crossroads.

The early Djiboutians traded hides and skins for the perfumes and spices of ancient Egypt, India, and China, thousands of years ago. French interest developed in the nineteenth century when the area was ruled by the sultan of Raheita, Tadjoura, and Gobaad. The Republic of Djibouti gained its independence from France on June 27, 1977. However, despite being an independent nation, Djibouti maintains deep relations with France and is a regular recipient of French economic and security assistance.

As a Somali, Afar, and Islamic country, Djibouti regularly takes part in Islamic affairs as well as Arab meetings. The country is a member of the Africa Union, the Arab League, and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

The economy of Djibouti is largely based on service activities, is an international transshipment and refueling center. This is because of the country’s strategic location which is accessible to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Almost two-thirds of the population live in the capital city and the remainder are mostly nomandic herders.

We congratulate the people and government of Djibouti headed by Their Excellencies, President Ismail Oman Guelleh and Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs Mohamed Barkat Abdillahi, Minister of Communication and Culture Ali Abdi Farah, on the occasion of its National Day.


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