David L. Norquist, who is performing the duties of the deputy defense secretary, met with Djiboutian Defense Minister Hassan Omar Mohamed Bourhan in Washington following the 5th annual U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Djibouti.
During the meeting yesterday, Norquist expressed the Defense Department's commitment to coordination with Djibouti's government and other partner nations to ensure safe operations, improve regional security, and maintain Djiboutian sovereignty.
The two leaders discussed the regional dynamics in the Horn of Africa, the African Union Mission in Somalia, and the desire for the Djiboutian military to become a stronger and more capable force. They also discussed the significance and importance of the U.S. military presence in Djibouti to reinforce regional stability and further opportunities for cooperation.
Norquist also thanked Bourhan for his commitment to the U.S.-Djibouti partnership and his efforts to drive progress toward shared objectives.
U.S. relationships with African nations such as Djibouti are important for several reasons. Here are just a few reasons why: