Ethiopia-Djibouti Relations

Ethiopia's policy towards Djibouti

Historical background of the relations

An effort has been made to create strong economic ties between Ethiopia and Djibouti since the time of its colonization by France the establishment of a modern port there. In our country the only railway line is the one that links Addis Ababa and Djibouti. At the time the line wasestablished, it was with the consideration that Djibouti would be the outlet for Ethiopia (since Ethiopia was land locked).In fact, the very establishment of the port of Djibouti wasbased on the understanding that it would provide port services to Ethiopia. Further, there are people who have the same culture and language living in both countries. Since early on,it appears that history has dictated that the two countries be bound together.