Ethiopia: Statement MFA on Djibouti, Somaliland and GERD

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This is a statement that covers Everything:

Djibouti will always be the mother port for Ethiopia

Ethiopia's participation in Other ports do not conflict with Djibouti, but complement

15 Billion USD has been spent on Infrastructure for Djibouti port, roads, railroad and facilities



Meles Alem MFA Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, March 15, 2018 (FBC) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said Ethiopia will continue to primarily use port of Djibouti as a gateway for its import-export trade.


Ethiopia’s move to develop alternative ports is useful for Djibouti as well, said Meles Alem, Spokesperson of MoFA, while briefing journalists on current issues today.

However, the government of Ethiopia will continue to use port Djibouti as its main gateway for international trade, the Spokesperson reiterated.  

According to Meles, up to 15 billion US dollars has been spent during the past years to build infrastructures linking Ethiopia with Djibouti, such as roads, railway line and develop port.

The construction of these infrastructures would contribute a lot towards facilitating and stimulating regional economic integration, he said.

Regarding the Ethio-Djibouti commissioners/ and administrators meeting which was concluded yesterday, he said the two countries have agreed to prevent illegal trade, human trafficking and to further boost the socio-economic benefits of people of the two countries.

Meles further indicated that Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt will hold their trilateral meeting on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in Khartoum, Sudan on April 4 and 5.




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Very little through Kenya. Kenya was pushing for it, but Djibouti did not want it.

Garang the South Sudanese killed in suspicious air crash had agreement with Ghelleh for oil pipeline and train/road through Ethiopia. He was killed within a month of the agreement go figure. Eritrea ,Uganda and Sudan were main dead set against this.

Ethiopia and Somalia had plans for Kismayo in 2006, but evrything blew up. Mogadishu was main dead set against this. So Kismayo has been out of the picture. Kismayo of course is best located and locals in and around would have been supportive and co-operating to road and later railroad building, but too many "enemies" including Kenya.

Ethiopia uses ports in Somaliland and Puntland for various purposes, Djibouti has no problem with this part.

Port Sudan is also used by some areas in Tigray, Amhara and Benshangul regional states.

The largest dry port in Djibouti was built after Sudan built dry port and gifted to Ethiopia. Ghelleh is fast, next day he selected land and gave it to Ethiopia. A really large dry port was built and is running.


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Garang is loved by all South Sudanese. he waz visionery and didn't want seccession.

South Sudan would have been different if he was not assasinated

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24 minutes ago, maakhiri1 said:

Garang is loved by all South Sudanese. he waz visionery and didn't want seccession.

South Sudan would have been different if he was not assasinated


Uganda is main suspect and the hapennings after that are clear proof. Egypt is also suspected since works very hard to undermine Sudan in Darfur and South Sudan.

Many people find it confusing about Ethiopia in the Sudan South Sudan issue. Its mostly driven by Sudan and also border security.


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