The White House (Washington, DC)

5 May 2014

Djibouti, U.S. to Strengthen Security, Economic Ties

The United States secured long term access Monday to a military base in Djibouti that it uses to launch counter-terrorism missions, including drone ... ( Resource: Obama: U.S. Secures 'Long Term' lease on Djibouti base

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President Obama and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti discussed ways to strengthen security and economic ties during their May 5 meeting at the White House.

Obama announced that the two governments will be signing a long-term lease for Camp Lemonnier, which hosts the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The task force supports demining, humanitarian and counterterrorism efforts and is the primary base of operations for U.S. Africa Command in the Horn of Africa.

"Camp Lemonnier," Obama said, "is extraordinarily important not only to our work throughout the Horn of Africa but throughout the region."

In addition to security cooperation, the United States is "deeply interested" in working with Djibouti to expand current education and health care work being done in the country, Obama said.

Obama also said the United States will continue to engage with the government of Djibouti on issues related to human rights and human trafficking. "There is an action plan that the government of Djibouti has put in place, and we want to find ways in which we can assist in implementing" it, Obama said.

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