President Sisi visits Djibouti, meets with Guelleh

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has arrived in Djibouti for talks with his Djiboutian counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh. Sisi has unveiled plans to strengthen security and military ties with Djibouti’s Red Sea region, as Cairo seeks to boost ties with East Africa countries amid a dispute with Ethiopia’s over use of the Nile.

The two presidents held a joint press conference after their private meeting.

The talks between Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and his counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh in Djibouti came amid unusual circumstances and disagreements over” key power struggle “in the Horn of Africa, Sisi said in a statement issued after the meeting.

He said that he and Djiboutian President agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation to support security and stability in the region together and prevent the spread of the conflict to neighboring countries, which could threaten the situation of peace and security in Africa.

The visit, the first by an Egyptian president to Djibouti since independence in 1977, came a day after the Kenyan military said it had signed a technical defense agreement with the Egyptian military.

Egypt is seeking to build strong alliances with East African countries amid tensions with Ethiopia over the Addis Ababa dam on the Nile.


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