Iran Restores Diplomatic Ties with Djibouti After 7-Year Hiatus in Support of Saudi Arabia

Iran Restores Diplomatic Ties with Djibouti After Seven Years

Iran announced on Friday it was restoring diplomatic ties with Djibouti, more than seven years after it joined other countries in the region in cutting ties with Tehran in support of Saudi Arabia.

Resumption of Diplomatic Relations

The decision by the strategically important Horn of Africa country comes months after Iran and Saudi Arabia resumed ties under a Chinese-brokered deal announced in March.

“Today, Iran and Djibouti announced the resumption of diplomatic relations through an official statement,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Meeting at the UN General Assembly

This step was made after Amir Abdullahyan’s meeting with his Djiboutian counterpart Mahmoud Ali Youssef in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Rebuilding Relations with Neighboring Arab Countries

Djibouti severed ties with Tehran in January 2016 in solidarity with Saudi Arabia, but following a historic agreement with Saudi Arabia last March, Iran has taken steps to strengthen or restore relations with neighboring Arab countries.

Strategic Importance of Djibouti

Djibouti, a strategic port on the Gulf of Aden, is located on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and hosts military bases from China, France, and the United States.

The small country is located at the mouth of the Red Sea, directly opposite Yemen.

Further Development of Friendly Relations

Late on Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said Iran and Djibouti also agreed to “further develop friendly relations” and “strengthen cooperation in a wide range of areas.”

Source: RT+AFP

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