The Djiboutian President condemned the terrorist attack on a peace rally in Turkish capital Ankara that left more than 100 people dead and hundreds others injured. Turkey is an “important partner” for peace and development in Africa, Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh said.
The attack has shaken Turkey in the run-up to a Nov. 1 general election. Counter-terrorism operations against PKK terrorist organization, meanwhile, remain ongoing in the country’s southeast as a civil war continues to rage in neighboring Syria.
Guelleh stressed that East Africa’s partnership with Turkey would serve to defeat such terrorist acts conducted by various terrorist organizations.
“Turkey is an important country and plays an important role in the promotion of world peace,” he said.
Djibouti, known officially as the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It occupies a total area of just 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi) and is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 810,000 inhabitants. Arabic and French constitute the country’s two official languages. About 94% of residents adhere to Islam, a religion that has been predominant in the region for more than 1,000 years.
Djibouti is strategically located near the world’s busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. It serves as a key refueling and transshipment center, and is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia. A burgeoning commercial hub, the nation is the site of various foreign military bases, including Camp Lemonnier.