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AFRICANGLOBE - Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said a deal to build a Saudi military base in the country will happen “very soon.” “There are no hesitations on the deal and the delay is purely technical as such matters do take some time, and there are no political reasons behind it,” the minister said.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia says physical work on a massive $4 billion cooperative natural gas project between Ethiopia, Djibouti, and China will be launched soon. The announcement was made Thursday by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom at the opening of the 4th Ethiopia-Djibouti Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting in the capital, Addis Ababa.
AFRICANGLOBE - Some members of the US Congress have urged the Obama administration to dissuade the government of Djibouti from allowing China to establish a military presence in the Horn of Africa. The concerns centre around the small, strategically situated country, which hosts a large US base used to carry out air and sea patrols and to conduct drone strikes in Somalia and Yemen.
AFRICANGLOBE - Djibouti, a small country on the Red Sea, is already home to military bases from the US and France, the former colonial power, but China's interest is now becoming increasingly apparent. What makes this horn of Africa nation attractive to global military powers?
AFRICANGLOBE - Almost every schoolboy and schoolgirl, who passed through the Ethiopian education system, had been taught loads of controversial historical accounts which sometimes borderline folktale and myth. Many of these stories are in fact taught to children as well-established historical facts and events that took place in the past.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on Sunday called for enhanced efforts for further cementing economic integration with neighboring Djibouti.
AFRICANGLOBE - Djibouti and Ethiopia on Saturday accused Eritrea of undermining regional stability. "Eritrea is destabilizing peace and security in the countries of the region, including Djibouti," Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh told a joint press conference with visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.
AFRICANGLOBE - Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is a new arena for high- stakes diplomatic rivalries – Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Some of the most powerful militaries in the world – China, France, Japan, Russia and the US – glower at each other across Djibouti's Gulf of Tadjoura. Overlooking the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, the gateway to the world's busiest shipping lanes in the Indian Ocean, Djibouti has an unrivalled position.
Ethiopia's old diesel railway is now being replaced by a Chinese-built electrified railway, signifying a grand plan that seeks to transport the country's commercial exports to its neighbouring countries. A train hasn't left Addis Ababa for six years. But this major new train line is expected to open between Addis Ababa and the port of Djibouti in 2016.
Ethiopia has signed two deals worth $3.2 billion with Chinese and Turkish companies to construct a railway to link the land-locked Horn of Africa...
Ethiopia is deepening its power links with neighboring Djibouti. Ethiopia and Djibouti have opened a 230-kilovolt electric power transmission line, which will allow Djibouti to import 35 megawatts of electricity from Ethiopia