Political and economic stability has underpinned the tiny African nation’s attractiveness to foreign militaries but several underlying issues could soon break the calm.
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The Republic of Djibouti is on any measure one of the most stable countries in eastern Africa. There are no known Islamic radicals here and, unlike its immediate neighbor Somalia and Yemen across the Bab el-Mandeb Strait, it is not plagued by a vicious civil war. Continue reading Risks Bubbling Beneath Djibouti’s Foreign Bases
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of U.S. Africa Command, fears heavily indebted Djibouti government may relinquish authority of key U.S. military port in the country to China after seizing it from DP World of the UAE last week. (Nathan Herring/Army)
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The United States is concerned and watching closely whether China will make a move to control a seaport in Africa that services the hub of American military operations on the continent, the general in charge of U.S. forces in Africa said on Tuesday. Continue reading China may Assert Control of Djibouti Port, U.S. General Fears
Deal comes a week after Djibouti seizes Doraleh Container Port
In one of its designs to inflict economic damages to a ‘disobedient’ Djibouti, the UAE allowed Djibouti’s lone customer Ethiopia to acquire a 19 percent stake in Somaliland’s Port of Berbera.
Ethiopia has acquired a 19 percent stake in the Port of Berbera in Somaliland following an agreement with DP World and the Somaliland Port Authority.
The agreement leaves DP World as the majority shareholder in the port, with 51 percent. Somaliland will hold 30 percent.
Continue reading Ethiopia Acquires 19% Stake in DP World Berbera Port