Mahamoud Ali Youssouf

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Mahamoud Ali Youssouf
محمود علي يوسف
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Foreign Minister of Djibouti
Assumed office
22 May 2005
Prime MinisterAbdoulkader Kamil Mohamed
Dileita Mohamed Dileita
Minister-Delegate for International Cooperation of Djibouti
In office
4 July 2001 – 22 May 2005
Prime MinisterDileita Mohamed Dileita
Personal details
Political partyIndependent

Mahamoud Ali Youssouf (Template:Lang-Afar (Somali: Maxamuud Cali Yuusuf, Arabic: محمود علي يوسف‎) is a Djiboutian diplomat. He has served in the government of Djibouti as Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2005.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Youssuf meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2015.

Youssouf, a member of the Afar ethnic group, worked at Djibouti's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and headed its Arab affairs department during the 1990s. He served as Ambassador to Egypt from 1997 to 2001.[1]

Youssouf was appointed as Minister-Delegate for International Cooperation on 4 July 2001.[2][3] He was subsequently appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on 22 May 2005.[4] In 2006, he visited Japan.

Youssouf served as Chairman of the 129th Ordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Arab League in 2008.[5]

Speaking to The New York Times in 2008, Youssouf said that although Djibouti was a small country, it had a sizable port and hoped to develop its economy along the same lines as Dubai. He highlighted the country's strategic location, which he asserted was better positioned than Dubai.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mahamoud Ali Youssouf", Indian Ocean Newsletter, number 1,136, Africa Intelligence, 28 May 2005.
  2. ^ "Le gouvernement de Djibouti formé le 4 juillet 2001" Archived 3 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Afrique Express, number 232, 16 July 2001 (in French).
  3. ^ List of members of the government of 4 July 2001, (2002 archive page) (in French).
  4. ^ "Décret n°2005-0069/PRE portant nomination des membres du Gouvernement"[permanent dead link], Journal Officiel de la République de Djibouti, 22 May 2005 (in French).
  5. ^ "Djibouti assure la présidence du Conseil de la Ligue des Etats Arabes", ADI, 9 March 2008 (in French).
  6. ^ Jeffrey Gettleman, "Location Gives Tiny State Prime Access to Big Riches", The New York Times, 30 May 2008.