Germany and Djibouti: Bilateral Relations Djibouti

18.03.2019 - Article

Political relations

Djibouti is a country of regional importance to Germany due to its stability and its strategically important location in the crisis‑ridden Horn of Africa. The two countries are committed to constructive cooperation within the United Nations and other international organisations.

Diplomatic relations were established in 1977 and are friendly. The importance Germany attaches to relations with Djibouti was underlined by the opening of an embassy there in spring 2010. Djibouti opened an embassy in Berlin in autumn 2011.

Germany is supporting the fight against piracy off the coast of Somalia and has stationed a German Bundeswehr contingent in Djibouti as part of the European Union’s counter‑piracy mission Operation Atalanta.

Recent high‑level visits to Djibouti have included those by Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller in 2016 and Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in 2014. In March 2019, the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Defence, Thomas Silberhorn, along with the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Armed Forces and other Members of the Bundestag, visited the German troops in Djibouti.

Development cooperation

German development cooperation with Djibouti is largely conducted through the European Union as well as through the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and United Nations organisations.

Djibouti also benefits from the humanitarian assistance that Germany provides through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the European Development Fund (EDF), which has provided approximately 105 million euros for 2015‑2020, as well as the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF), that is intended to alleviate the plight of refugees as well as that of the local population.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a Djibouti-based regional organisation, is receiving support to the tune of 142 million euros from the German Government through the BMZ for its work on improving drought resistance and food security as well as developing a regional migration policy.


This text is intended as a source of basic information. It is regularly updated. No liability can be accepted for the accuracy or completeness of its Contents.


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