Djibouti City, 27 June 2021 (TDI): Independence Day or Djibouti National Day is celebrated every year on 27th June. The day is observed as a nationwide holiday. It is observed to celebrate and commemorate the independence of the country from France, in 1977.

This year marks the 44th Independence Day of Djibouti. The country became the last of France’s African colonies to gain independence. The day marks the declaration of the independence of the territory from France and is celebrated with fanfare across the country.

A referendum for independence was held for the then French territory to ascertain its new status. Finally, on 27th June 1977, the country declared its independence, at last shedding the shackles of colonization.

Various ceremonies are organized to commemorate the day at the state level as well as across the country. The celebrations include fireworks, military parades, concerts, political speeches as well as fairs. The events are held to glorify the culture and history of the country.

Djibouti is an African country and has a strategic location. It is located on the northeast coast of the Horn of Africa. The country borders the Bab el Mandeb Strait which is one of the most strategic chokepoints of the world, with reference to maritime trade. The main languages spoken in the country are French and Arabic.

The topography of the country is mostly comprised of volcanic formations, dry shrublands, as well as beaches along the Gulf of Aden. One of the saltiest water bodies in the world; Lake Assal is also located in the country.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Zahid Hafeez Chaudri extended felicitations for the people and government of Djibouti on this auspicious.

Pakistan and Djibouti enjoy cordial and brotherly relations. Both the countries want to further enhance defence, economic, cultural as well as parliamentary cooperation for mutual benefit.

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