Aug 23, 2016

Japan's SDF to hold evacuation drill in Djibouti

JIJI The Defense Ministry says it will conduct a transport exercise in Djibouti to practice evacuating Japanese nationals in a crisis situation. It will the first drill in the northeastern African country for transporting Japanese expatriates, ministry officials said Monday. The exercise is designed ...

Nov 9, 2015

Senior Chinese officer in Djibouti following base rumors

A senior Chinese military officer is visiting the Horn of Africa country Djibouti, where he inspected a Chinese warship participating in anti-piracy patrols, China’s Defence Ministry said. In May, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh told French media his government was in talks with China ...

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

May 7, 2015

Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia, calls for pause in Yemen war

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sought to secure a pause in Yemen’s war as he arrived in Saudi Arabia Wednesday for meeting with top officials, citing increased shortages of food, fuel and medicine that are adding to a crisis that already has neighboring ...

May 1, 2015

Iranian destroyers now at entrance to key Yemen strait: Tehran

Two Iranian destroyers, sent to the Gulf of Aden to protect commercial ships have reached the entrance of Bab el-Mandab, a strategic strait between Yemen and Djibouti, Iran’s navy said Thursday. “We are present in the Gulf of Aden in accordance with international regulations ...

Jul 26, 2014

Japan to post intelligence officer at SDF base in Djibouti

The government plans to station an intelligence officer at the Self-Defense Forces base in Djibouti to deal with antipiracy operations and gather information on terrorist activities and other security matters, a source familiar with Japan-U.S. relations said Saturday. Arrangements are under way for the ...

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

Aug 28, 2013

Djibouti to be provided patrol ships for security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh that Japan plans to provide patrol ships to the northeast African nation to help its coast guard improve maritime security. The first Japanese prime minister to visit Djibouti, Abe on Tuesday toured the operating ...