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Djibouti Finalising Deal for Saudi Military Base

The one power that has been barred from building a base in that country is Russia.

Djibouti’s foreign minister said his country is finalising an agreement to allow the establishment of a Saudi Military Base with Riyadh.

By John Aglionby and Simeon Kerr | for Financial Times

Djibouti is finalising an agreement with Saudi Arabia to allow the Gulf state to build a military base in the Horn of Africa nation as Riyadh takes a more assertive approach to regional security.

Djibouti, a Muslim nation that is strategically located on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, already hosts US and French military facilities. The first Chinese base outside of China is also under construction and due to open this year, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, Djibouti’s foreign minister told the Financial Times. Continue reading Djibouti Finalising Deal for Saudi Military Base

Saudi Arabia Looks to African Allies During Gulf Crises

“Peace and stability in the Horn of Africa is very important for Saudi Arabia … that is why we cooperate with HOA countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.” – Brigadier General Ahmed al-Assiri, a military adviser for the Saudi minister of defense.

By Salem Solomon | for VOA News,

Saudi Arabia appears intent on reaching across the Red Sea to build alliances in the Horn of Africa, where piracy, drug and weapons smuggling, and terrorism threaten commerce in the world’s busiest shipping lanes.

This was evident during the Saudis’ intervention in Yemen. Over the past year, they built a coalition of African partners to help dislodge Houthi rebels who were in control of most of the country, including the capital, Sana’a. Continue reading Saudi Arabia Looks to African Allies During Gulf Crises