Djibouti–Eritrea relations

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Djibouti–Eritrea relations
Map indicating locations of Djibouti and Eritrea



Djibouti–Eritrea relations refers to the current and historical relationship between neighboring states Djibouti and Eritrea.


During the Eritrean-Ethiopian War (1998–2000), Ethiopia channeled most of its trade through Djibouti. Though Djibouti was nominally neutral, it broke off relations with Eritrea in November 1998, renewing relations in 2000. Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki visited Djibouti in early 2001 and Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh made a reciprocal visit to Asmara in the early summer of 2001. While Guelleh has close ties with Ethiopia’s ruling Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), he has tried to maintain an even hand, developing relations with Eritrea.


On June 10, 2008 fighting broke out in the Ras Doumeira region between Djibouti and Eritrea. It resulted in Eritrean victory and the control of the Ras doumeira and doumeira islands. Eventually Eritrea withdrew from the border areas and the creation of a buffer zone between the two countries was created, moderated in a large part by Qatar, until Qatar pulled its peacekeeping troops in the early summer of 2017.[1]