Djibouti Government Opposes US Statement on Ethiopia

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The government of Djibouti has said that its territory will not be used for “military intervention” in neighboring countries.

The statement came after a US general in an interview with the BBC expressed concern about the impact of the Ethiopian war on the region, and said US forces in Djibouti were “ready to respond to the crisis.”

Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf tweeted: “Gen. William Zana the Com.of the camp Lemonier gave an interview to the BBC explaining how the American forces in Djibouti were carrying out a mission of fighting terrorism and the protection of their nationals in the unlikely event of evacuation.”

Mohamud Ali Yusuf said Djibouti appreciates its important cooperation with the United States, “this partnership is not oriented against any country whatsover” he added.

The US military base in Djibouti is often used to carry out counter-terrorism attacks and operations, including in Somalia.

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