Discussions focused on subregional issues like the Eritrean-Djiboutian conflict, Sudan and Somalia as well as the current positive economic development in Djibouti and future possibilities to strengthen this development further. The issue of piracy off the Somali and Djiboutian coast and its implications on Djibouti was also discussed and the need to settle the Somali conflict to tackle the piracy issue was emphasized from both parties. This issue is also of grave concern because of the high number of Norwegian ships passing the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Indian Ocean.
Ambassador Kjemprud acknowledged the excellent cooperation afforded him by the Foreign Minister Yousouff in particular, but also at every level during his tenure as ambassador to Djibouti, as well as the numerous meetings at political level, including the visit of Norwegian Minister of Defense Grethe Faremo to Djibouti in December last year. He said Djibouti and Djibouti’s role in creating stability in the Horn and its waters is important for Norway as a big shipping nation.
He said the Embassy has been trying to attract Norwegian business to Djibouti and that some companies have showed interest.
The ambassador said that he felt Norwegian-Djiboutian relations has become closer over the last years and expressed a Norwegian intention to strengthen the relations further. He further acknowledged the Djiboutian efforts to promote clean energy and said Norway was following the developments closely.