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Johannesburg (AFP)

Dec 4, 2015

China is to build its first naval base in Djibouti, the Djiboutian foreign minister said Friday, in the latest sign of China’s growing international security presence.

Djibouti is seen as a key strategic location in the Horn of Africa, with United States, France and Japan already having facilities in the country.

“The negotiations have come to an end and the naval base will be built in Djibouti,” Mahamoud Ali Youssouf told AFP on the sidelines of a summit of African leaders in Johannesburg.

“The goal of the base is to fight against pirates… and most of all to secure the Chinese ships using this very important strait that is important to all the countries in the world.”

“For Djibouti, it’s an additional strategic ally.”

A former French colony, Djibouti guards the entrance to the Red Sea and, ultimately, the Suez Canal, and has been used by international navies as a hub in the fight against piracy from neighboring Somalia.

“For a few years with the instability in Somalia, this region has become a refuge for pirates and the terrorist movements,” Youssouf said.

In May, Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh told AFP that talks over the military base were underway.

Guelleh met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the summit in Johannesburg, where China announced $60 billion of assistance and loans for Africa…

Source: Space War.


by Nesru Jemal
20 September 2013

The Djibouti Government on Thursday said that its rail project under construction would facilitate business activities and improve revenue for countries in the East African region.

The rail project is being undertaken by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) at a cost of 600 million dollars and financed by the China EXIM Bank.

Djibouti’s Transport Minister, Moussa Ahmed, had on Tuesday inaugurated a committee to supervise the project expected to be completed within two years.

Ahmed, who is attending the Joint Rail Commission meeting in Addis Ababa told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday that the railway line “will facilitate access to different markets in the region and will also link Djibouti to South Sudan through Ethiopia.”

Meanwhile Ethiopia’s Transport Minister, Workneh Gebeyehu said that the new railway line would change the socio-economic conditions of the two countries as well as generate jobs for youths.

Workneh appealed to the project handlers and the government of Djibouti to ensure its completion within the time frame for the speedy realization of its economic benefits to the countries.

The Ethiopian Government is also undertaking a similar project handled by the Chinese company linking Addis Ababa with Djibouti. The Ethiopian project is also expected to be completed within the next two years, the Ethiopian transport minister said.

Source: allAfrica.