6 February 2013

Djibouti: Japan Donates Patrol Boats to Djiboutian Coast Guard

The Japanese government on Monday (February 4th) donated two patrol boats and technical equipment to Djibouti's coast guard to help counter illegal migration, Djibouti's La Nation reported.

Japanese ambassador to Djibouti Atsushi Nishioka presented the gift, provided through a programme run by the International Organisation on Migration (IOM) to enhance maritime border security.

Djiboutian Minister of Transport Mohammed Moussa Balala also asked Japan to send experts to train Djiboutian forces on how to effectively monitor the seas.

Last year, the coast guard rescued 5,300 migrants attempting to cross the Gulf of Aden, the official government news agency reported. The IOM estimates that about 107,500 migrants attempted to cross from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year.

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