Djibouti

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The President of the French Republic Mr. Emmanuel Macron sent a message of congratulations to his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh.

https://lanation.dj/message-de-felicitation-du-president-francais-a-son-homologue-djiboutien-une-relation-strategique/

It was formerly known as the French Territory of the Afars and Issas. This tiny country is slightly smaller than New Hampshire with a population a little larger than Rhode Island. But it lies at a very strategic location at the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb (the southern entrance to the Red Sea) and Djibouti City has positioned itself as a major shipping port. What it lacks in natural resources, it makes up for in location in terms of income. Because of its strategic location, there are a number of military bases built by foreign powers that furnish the country with rental income


China in particular is heavily investing in Djibouti and Africa in general: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/in-strategic-djibouti-a-microcosm-of-chinas-growing-foothold-in-africa/2019/12/29/a6e664ea-beab-11e9-a8b0-7ed8a0d5dc5d_story.html

Djibouti Exports
Here are its exports which are mainly agricultural but with a sprinkling of more sophisticated exports.


The Coronavirus has hit Djibouti pretty hard: https://lanation.dj/la-croissance-economique-devrait-ralentir-et-tomber-a-13-en-2020-contre-une-projection-initiale-de-75-selon-un-rapport-de-la-banque-mondiale/

China has a huge military base in Djibouti
https://www.ibtimes.com/why-does-china-have-huge-military-base-djibouti-horn-africa-2979702

Why does Djibouti have so many foreign military bases? https://theculturetrip.com/africa/djibouti/articles/why-does-djibouti-have-the-most-foreign-military-bases/
 
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