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India-Djibouti Joint Statement during the State Visit of President to Djibouti (October 04, 2017)

October 04, 2017

  • At the invitation of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of the Republic of Djibouti, President of India Ram Nath Kovind visited Djibouti from October 3 - 4, 2017. This historic first-ever visit at the level of HOS/HOG from India to Djibouti elevated bilateral relations between the two countries to a new level. The President was accompanied by his spouse Smt. Savita Kovind and a high-level delegation.
  • Prime Minister of Djibouti Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed received President Kovind on his arrival, at the airport. President Kovind was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti. President Kovind held bilateral discussions with President of the Republic of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh on 4 October, 2017. A State banquet was also hosted in his honour. During the visit, the President also attended a community reception and interacted with the Indian origin and expatriate community of Djibouti.
  • During the official talks, both sides acknowledged the long-standing excellent bilateral relations between India and Djibouti and re-affirmed the mutual desire to deepen economic, commercial, technical, educational, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
  • Both the leaders acknowledged the significant role of Djibouti and its strategic importance as well as India's role for the maintenance of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region. They underlined the need to engage both India and Djibouti on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
  • Both the leaders shared the views that terrorism is a greater threat to mankind and global peace and stability. They expressed their willingness to join hands with the International Community in eradicating the menace of terrorism from the society in order to prevail peace and tranquility in the world. They agreed on the need to take strong & stringent measures against terrorists, terror organizations and their networks.
  • The leaders called for an urgent need for the reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geo-political realities of the 21st century.
  • Both the countries agreed to work closely to intensify their cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral fora in order to address current global challenges such as climate change and to foster international and regional peace & security and sustainable development.
  • The two leaders underscored the need to hold regular consultations on bilateral issues in order to further diversify the agreed agenda of cooperation and welcomed the signing of the MoU on Foreign Office Consultations between India and Djibouti to the effect during the visit.
  • Underlining the potential for deepening relations in the economic arena, the Djiboutian Government called for greater role for India in the economic development in Djibouti, with a focus on small and medium scale industries. Djibouti also appreciated Lines of edit/grants extended by India towards this purpose.
  • Appreciating the scholarships and training programmes offered by India under ITEC, IAFS, ICCR etc. the Djiboutian government called for further enhancing and diversifying these programmes.
  • The two leaders welcomed the launch of International Solar Alliance (ISA) as a common platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries, and expressed their commitment to work closely to deepen bilateral and regional cooperation in this arena.
  • The Djiboutian government expressed appreciation for the contribution of Indian community towards Djibouti’s economic development and promotion of bilateral relations. They underlined the need for promoting greater cultural exchanges.
  • Both sides encouraged regular exchanges at Ministerial level visits to further intensify bilateral relations between the two countries.
  • President of India Ram Nath Kovind thanked President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh for the warm hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay in Djibouti and extended an invitation to him to visit India.
Djibouti
October 04, 2017

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