Sabahi (Washington, DC)

3 January 2013

Djiboutian Gendarmerie Celebrates 36th Anniversary

Djibouti's elite Gendarmerie Nationale celebrated its 36th anniversary on Wednesday (January 2nd) with a ceremony at Camp Sheikh Moussa, Djibouti's La Nation reported.

Gendarmerie Chief of Staff Zakaria Hassan Aden commended soldiers for their contributions to Djibouti's national security in 2012, including their ongoing efforts to fight crime in the capital city, their work in Somalia's Beledweyne town as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia, and their sustained presence at Ras Doumeira Island whose ownership is disputed with Eritrea.

Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita, Defence Minister Abdoulkader Kamel Mohamed, Defence Chief of Staff Zakaria Sheikh Ibrahim and Director of National Security Hassan Said Khaireh attended the ceremony.

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