During Pandemic India has provided 50 MT of food aid to the East African country Djibouti. The food aid was a part of India’s friendly assistance to countries so as to overcome natural calamities and the pandemic.
Indian Ambassador to Djibouti Ashok Kumar handed over the food items to the Secretary-General of Djibouti’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Solidarity Mme Ifrah Ali Ahmed. The food aid was provided as part of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to Djibouti. The food aid provided by third Shardul-class amphibious warfare vessel INS Airavat. The Ministry of foreign affairs also stated that the step was part of India’s Mission SAGAR II (Security and Growth for All in the Region). Through this mission Indian Government is providing 270 MT of Humanitarian assistance to friendly countries in the African region.
India-Djibouti Historic Relations
The Historic Relations of India and Djibouti exists since the ancient times. In the ancient times, Djibouti’s port of Adulis was hub of maritime trade for Indian seafarers to do trade in spices and silk for gold and ivory.
India-Djibouti Bilateral Relation
In 2004, Djibouti opened its embassy in New Delhi. However, India does not have embassy in Djibouti. India’s relations with Djibouti is based on the handful of diaspora and limited trade links from ancient times. In the recent steps, Djibouti has acquired major significance because of geopolitical developments and presence of military bases of United States and China side by side. The East African nation also supported India during the “Operation Rahat” to evacuate Indians from war-affected Yemen in 2015. In 2015, bilateral trade stood at $239 million. Most of trade with Djibouti actually serves growing market in Ethiopia. India mainly export to Djibouti like iron & steel products, paper and plastic products.
Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCOC)
Djibouti Code of Conduct are called Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery of the Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. On 29 January 2009, Djibouti Code of Conduct was adopted. India, in September 2020, joined the DCOC as an observer. This step was aimed at enhancing the maritime security in the Indian Ocean. Djibouti Code of Conduct has been signed by 20 countries
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
India Aided 50 MT of Food Aid to Djibouti India Aided 50 MT of Food Aid to Djibouti