US can keep military base in Djibouti for 30 more years
Tuesday May 6 2014
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh (left) and US President Barack Obama wait to make statements to the press before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House May 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI
The terms of the deal were reported by the Associated Press following a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh.
Djibouti's strategic value to the US takes the additional form of troops it supplies to the Amisom force in Somalia and to UN peacekeeping operations in Darfur, Cote d'Ivoire and Western Sahara.
The recent announcement of a planned White House meeting between US President Barack Obama and Djibouti’s leader highlights the considerable importance to the US military of the small nation bordering Somalia and Eritrea.