Djibouti’s President Arrives in Ethiopia for Two-Day Official Visit

ADDIS ABABA – The President Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh is in Addis Ababa for a two-day official state visit to Ethiopia.

President Guelleh arrived at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport on Sunday afternoon – more than a month after his last visit to the capital to attend the African Union Summit.

The President was received by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon his arrival at the Airport.

“I welcome my brother Ismail Guelleh… to his second home,” Prime Minister Abiy said in a message posted on Twitter following Guelleh’s arrival.

“I look forward (to) our fruitful discussions on issues of common interest over the next two days,” the PM added.

Ethiopia and Djibouti have a long standing history and friendship. They are now pushing further to strengthen their multifaceted cooperation, ranging from economic to security fields.

The two nations are working together on the areas of aviation, railway, road, water, telecom, electricity and other development sectors to ensure mutual benefits.

Earlier this month, the defense chiefs of Ethiopia and Djibouti entered into an agreement to work together on security, education, training and peacekeeping.

During Guelleh’s state visit now, the leaders of the neighboring countries are expected to discuss several bilateral, national and regional issues to further their relationships.

The two leaders last met and discussed issues of mutual interest on February 5, on the margins of the 2022 AU Summit in Addis Ababa.