Djibouti has acknowledged India’s role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region as the two countries decided to join hands to eradicate the menace of terrorism. President Ram Nath Kovind, during a visit to that country, held wide-ranging discussions with his Djiboutian counterpart Omar Guelleh.
During the visit, the two nations signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign Office-level consultations. Both the leaders acknowledged the significant role of Djibouti and its strategic importance as well as India’s role in the maintenance of peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region, a joint statement said.
They underlined the need to engage both India and Djibouti on regional and international issues of mutual concern. Both the leaders shared the views that terrorism is a greater threat to mankind and global peace and stability.
They expressed their willingness to join hands with the international community in eradicating the menace of terrorism from the society in order to prevail peace and tranquility in the world, it said.
They agreed on the need to take strong and stringent measures against terrorists, terror organisations, and their networks. The leaders called for an urgent need for the reform of the UN Security Council, including its expansion, to make it more representative, accountable, effective and responsive to the geopolitical realities of the 21st century.
Both the countries agreed to work closely to intensify their cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral fora in order to address current global challenges such as climate change and to foster international and regional peace and security, and sustainable development. Mr Kovind extended an invitation to Mr Guelleh to visit India.