Djibouti, Jubaland Discuss Security, Kismayo Port Takeover

President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (R) held talks with Somalia's Jubaland regional leader Ahmed Madobe (L) on security and economic development. (IMAGE CREDIT: Presidency)

Djibouti president Ismail Omar Guelleh on Sunday met with Somalia’s Jubaland regional state leader Ahmed Mohamed Islam, also known as Ahmed Madobe, to discuss on security and economic cooperation.

Economic Minister of Jubaland Abdiwahab Ahmed Osman told state-run Djibouti TV that the two leaders discussed improving regional security.

“The discussions included improving security in our region and economic cooperation. I think we can work together on many fronts, including economic development, security and politics,” said Osman.

Mohamed Warsame Diriye, Djibouti’s Trade and Tourism Minister, said Guelleh and Madobe also discussed the development of Jubaland ports.

“The leaders discussed politics, security, business, ports developments as you know we Djibouti have a lot of experience in the development of ports they also have ports and Djibouti will support Jubaland with ports development projects,” Diriye told Djibouti TV.

The port in Djibouti, as well as the Somali ports of Berbera and Bosaso, are managed by the Emirati multinational logistical company DP World. The Puntland region of Somalia signed a construction agreement with the Dubai-owned port operator last month. The DP World is also expected to take over Jubaland’s Kismayo port.

Djibouti is one of the countries contributing troops to the African Union Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS). The Somali neighbor is assisting with the security and stabilization efforts.