By Viola Fahmy
The foreign ministers of Egypt and Djibouti on Thursday discussed the security of the Red Sea and the Horn of Africa region.
Sameh Shoukry and Mahmoud Ali Youssouf met on the sidelines of a preparatory meeting in Addis Ababa for an upcoming African Union summit.
to an Egyptian Foreign Ministry statement, the two men discussed “the
situation in the Horn of Africa, relations between Eritrea and Djibouti,
developments in Yemen and Somalia, and the issue of Red Sea security”.
their brief tete-a-tete, the two ministers also reportedly stressed the
importance of “maintaining regional stability while pursuing joint
December, Saudi Arabia announced the launch of a new “grouping” of Red
Sea and Horn of Africa states with a view to furthering economic,
environmental and security-related cooperation between members.
Along with Saudi Arabia, the group includes Egypt, Jordan, Djibouti, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.