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2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Djibouti

Publisher United States Department of State
Publication Date 5 August 2010
Cite as United States Department of State, 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism - Djibouti, 5 August 2010, available at: [accessed 21 February 2018]
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Djibouti was one of the most forward-leaning Arab League members supporting ongoing counterterrorism efforts. President Ismail Omar Guelleh and other top leaders in Djibouti repeatedly expressed their country's full and unqualified support for the international counterterrorism efforts. Although the government's counterterrorism capabilities were limited, Djiboutian counterparts were proactive, and were highly receptive and responsive to U.S. requests for counterterrorism cooperation. The Djiboutian National Security Services and law enforcement agencies took extraordinary measures with their limited resources to ensure the safety and security of American citizens, the U.S. Embassy, and the U.S. military base at Camp Lemonnier. Limited resources continued to hamper the government's ability to comprehensively control its porous borders, especially with Somaliland. Nevertheless, the government continued to support overall enhanced border security, notably by inviting the International Organization for Migration to set up an office in Djibouti, and by issuing machine-readable travel documents. More broadly, the government also played a constructive role in hosting regional initiatives addressing peace and security in the Horn of Africa.

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