Djibouti celebrated its 35th year of independence from French colonialism at the Hilton Hotel in Addis Ababa. The celebration was hosted by the Embassy of Djibouti and attended by several dignitaries as well as citizens of both nations.
The observance was said to be a good opportunity to reaffirm the solid basis of all-round pragmatic cooperation, as well as to promote economic integration through trade and investment, between the two countries in line with the vision of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
“The months and years ahead will witness an even stronger economic relationship between the two countries, which the construction by my government on several infrastructure projects, such as new roads and ports to anchor Djibouti as the most advanced logistics hub in the Horn of Africa and provide state of the art services to the economic boom of Ethiopia and to connect the development needs of South Sudan,” said Djibouti Ambassador to Ethiopia Mohamed Idris Abaneh.
Djibouti and Ethiopia share important historical and cultural ties. The recent history of the two countries began with the construction of the Ethio-Djibouti Railway and is jointly owned by the governments of Ethiopia and Djibouti. The signing of a new Memorandum to upgrade this important railway is a significant sign of the two countries cementing their ties said the Ambassador. .
The electrical interconnection with Ethiopia in October 2011 was also an old dream come true for Djibouti. “After the railroad, the road, the electricity inter-connection between the two countries is a testimony of the real will of the two Governments,” said Ambassador Abaneh.
The ambassador also added that since 1977, Ethiopia and Djibouti have worked hand in hand for mutually beneficial development and common goals of fighting against poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, diseases, drought and famine, and mostly against the worst calamity, war.