Britain to open embassy in Djibouti in diplomatic shake-up

2018/04/11 – Britain’s foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt is preparing for a massive expansion of the country’s diplomatic network, with more than 1,000 extra staff at home and abroad, as part of a review of its global ambitions for the post-Brexit era. The plans include a new embassy in Djibouti. Continuer à lire … « Britain to open embassy in Djibouti in diplomatic shake-up »

Saudi Arabia and the UAE Look to Africa (Opinion-Camille Lons)

2018/28/10 – By mediating conflicts and combining their assets in the Horn of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are slowly cementing an arc of political influence across the region.

In September 16, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Jeddah. This move, initiated by Ahmed’s election and supported by intense UAE and U.S. back-channel diplomacy over the past few months, is putting an end to a decade of war and tension between their two countries. The next day, Saudi Arabia also hosted the first face-to-face talks between Eritrea and Djibouti after more than a decade of border disputes, following a peace agreement the two countries had signed on September 6. Saudi mediation was warmly welcomed by Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who declared in an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat that Saudi Arabia’s role was key to normalizing Djibouti’s relations with Eritrea. Continuer à lire … « Saudi Arabia and the UAE Look to Africa (Opinion-Camille Lons) »

Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane

2018/23/10 – The French Army has carried out operational evaluation of the MMP land combat missile system in Djibouti, to assess the weapon’s suitability for use in semi-desert conditions. Continuer à lire … « Djibouti – France clears MMP missile for desert operations #Sahel #Barkhane »

China defying the rules of the game with Djibouti military base

2018/04/10 – China opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti in 2017. Now, after a year of operation, many details have surfaced to provide a better idea of Beijing’s reason for the base, and its wider global calculations predicated on the facility. Beijing has always couched the rationale for the base in benign terms. This narrative, however, disguises its broader and larger ambitions. It also hides the increasingly sophisticated approach that China has adopted to pursue its goals. Djibouti is a critical step in the global ambitions of China’s military.China has consistently downplayed the importance of its outpost, including the capacity and purpose of the base. Before construction was completed, China called it an “overseas logistical supply facility.” That term gradually morphed, and now it is characterized as a “supply base” — still, however, not a “military” outpost. The Chinese media has been at pains to detail how the base cannot conceivably be compared to British or American facilities, for example, in terms of infrastructure, equipment and capabilities. The reason Beijing intentionally avoids the term “military base” is to dodge attention, suspicion and threat — mostly attention, albeit not successfully. For the undeniable truth remains: The base has been dominated, developed and used by the Chinese military. Continuer à lire … « China defying the rules of the game with Djibouti military base »

Tunisie-Djibouti : Six conventions bilatérales signées lors de la visite du président djiboutien

2018/04/10- La Tunisie et le Djibouti ont signé mercredi six conventions de coopération bilatérale dans divers domaines à l’issue de la visite de trois jours en Tunisie du président djiboutien, Ismail Omar Guelleh. Continuer à lire … « Tunisie-Djibouti : Six conventions bilatérales signées lors de la visite du président djiboutien »

PEACE Cable lance une concession d’exploitation en coopération avec le Pakistan et Djibouti

2018/09/02 – PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd. (PEACE Cable) a signé un protocole d’entente (PE) et un contrat de concession avec le fournisseur de services réseau pakistanais Cybernet et Djibouti Telecom au cours du 4e forum des réseaux sous-marins de l’Asie-Pacifique. Les contrats de concession restants seront également signés au cours des deux prochaines semaines et représentent une étape clé dans le projet de livraison qui comprend la demande de permis de travail dans chaque pays. Continuer à lire … « PEACE Cable lance une concession d’exploitation en coopération avec le Pakistan et Djibouti »

China’s President Arrives In Africa To Develop Deeper Military Ties With Continent

2018/07/21 – Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Africa on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties.
His visit comes as the US, the country’s rival in a bitter trade war, shows little interest in the world’s second most populous continent. Continuer à lire … « China’s President Arrives In Africa To Develop Deeper Military Ties With Continent »