Washington, DC, 27 June (TDI): The United States and Djibouti are advancing towards a more stable, secured, and prosperous region. Washington is also committed to working on a future incorporating greater peace and economic security.

The Secretary of the United States, Antony J. Blinken, shared these remarks on behalf of the United States of America.

In addition, the Secretary congratulated Djibouti on their independence day. He also appreciated the cooperation between the people and the government of both countries. Today, Djibouti celebrates the 45th anniversary of its independence.

In the statement, the U.S. secretary also said that the U.S. values Djibouti’s instrumental contributions to their shared interest. Subsequently, the U.S. embassy in Djibouti also wished the fellowmen their independence day.

Djibouti’s Independence Day

Djibouti got independence from the French colonial rule on 27th June 1977. It is a national holiday for the people of Djibouti.

Hassan Gouled Aptidon served as the first President of the state. He is known for his remarkable role in the independence of the state. Later,  Ismail Omer Guelleh was elected in 1999 and served as the president.

USA-Djibouti Relations

The United States of America established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Djibouti following its independence from the French Republic in 1977. The U.S. consular presence in the land had existed since 1929 when Djibouti was a French Somaliland colony.

Djibouti is a crucial U.S. partner regarding economic security, regional stability, and humanitarian activities in the wider Horn of Africa because of its strategic location there. The Djiboutian administration is supportive of American interests in combating terrorism. Furthermore, the country’s capital also serves as the center of the U.S. military presence in Africa.

Further, the U.S. has different assistance missions in Djibouti that assist other African and Asian states. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has a ‘Food for Peace program that maintains a warehouse for pre-positioned food assistance supplies in Djibouti, acting as a focal point for quick response in regions of Africa and Asia.