Ambassador Larry Andre Remarks, Women’s Month Panel Event

  Minister Hassan, Captain Lacore, Representative Manzi, Dr. Abdoulatif, Madame Douksieh, dear colleagues and distinguished guests, Good morning, bonjour, salām ‘alaykum, subax wanaagsan, maacisse! My wife, Ouroukou, and I welcome you to our home to celebrate International Women’s History Month.  We have among us here today leaders whose achievements have made history in their fields; ...
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Discours d’accréditation de l’Ambassadeur Larry André

Bonjour, Assalaamu aleykum. Votre Excellence, Monsieur le Président de la République de Djibouti, C’est un immense honneur de vous présenter une lettre du Président Donald J. Trump contenant mes lettres de créance pour servir en tant qu’Ambassadeur des États-Unis d’Amérique auprès de la République de Djibouti. J’ai passé presque toute ma vie d’adulte à travailler ...
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Call for Proposals: Julia Taft Refugee Fund for FY 2018

U.S. Embassy’s Julia Taft Fund The Julia Taft Fund supports community-based projects that provide sustainable assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, vulnerable migrants and stateless persons. Each year, the Taft Fund awards grants up to $25,000 for projects that respond to issues that have not been addressed by larger multilateral refugee programs. Projects that duplicate ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Djibouti Restrictions on Inbound Flights from Mogadishu

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that due to the most recent airline security concerns within the region, the Government of Djibouti has suspended all flights that originate in Mogadishu. U.S. government personnel traveling on commercial flights originating from Mogadishu is prohibited. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information, 04 Jan 2018

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel Advisory ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder 07 December, 2017 The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Djibouti reminds U.S. citizens ...
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2016 International Child Labor Report

Djibouti MINIMAL ADVANCEMENT 2016 FINDINGS ON THE WORST FORMS OF CHILD LABOR 1 In 2016, Djibouti made a minimal advancement in efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor. The Government passed the Law on the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons and Illicit Smuggling of Migrants, which criminally prohibits domestic and international trafficking and ...
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2017 Fiscal Transparency Report on Djibouti

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE 2017 FISCAL TRANSPARENCY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 7031(b) OF THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE, FOREIGN OPERATIONS, AND RELATED PROGRAMS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2017 (DIV. J, P.L. 115-31) 2017 Fiscal Transparency Report AGENCY: Department of State ACTION: Notice Djibouti: Djibouti made significant progress during the review period by finalizing and publishing a mining code that ...
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U.S. Embassy Djibouti Launches the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

Media Advisory | September 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy Djibouti will open the four-week application period for the 2018 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship on September 13, 2017 and invites all interested candidates in Djibouti to apply for this professional development program. WHAT IS MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP? The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of ...
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Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Treaty Room Washington, DC August 15, 2017 [ View Video: 8’34” ] SECRETARY TILLERSON: Morning, all. We are releasing today the  2016 International Religious Freedom Report.  This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as ...
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World Day Against Trafficking (2017)

                                    Recognizing the «World Day Against Trafficking»   Djibouti, July 30 2017: The U.S. Embassy on July 30 participated in the Ministry of Justice-led World Day against Trafficking event at the Diplomatic Institute. In his World Day against Trafficking speech, Charge D’Affaires Alex Hamilton said, “every country is impacted by trafficking, including the United ...
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Chargé d’Affaires J. Alexander Hamilton’s 4th of July Speech

General Furness, Captains Black and Lacore, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines from Camp Lemmonier, Vos Excellences Messieurs les Ambassadeurs et Chargés d’affaires, chers collègues de l’ambassade, Mesdames et Messieurs, Welcome to US Embassy Djibouti! It is an honor and a privilege to be your host as Chargé d’affaires and acting Chief of Mission as we ...
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Let’s end Human Trafficking

Human traffickers around the world exploit more than 20 million victims in forced labor and sex trafficking. This multi-billion dollar industry destroys families and communities. It weakens the rule of law, strengthens criminal networks, and offends universal concepts of human decency.  The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report  looks into what is being done and should be done about this issue. What can ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder

U.S. Embassy Djibouti Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Holiday Security Reminder May 21, 2017 The U.S. Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution during Ramadan and Djibouti’s Independence Day. The U.S. Embassy advises all U.S. citizens to be particularly vigilant around churches, mosques, and other places of worship; locations where large crowds may gather; government ...
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United States and Djibouti Open Third Annual Binational Forum of Cooperation

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC May 19, 2017 On May 18, U.S. and Djiboutian officials met in Washington, D.C. on the occasion of the third annual U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon opened the strategic dialogue for the U.S. delegation. Bureau of African Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Peter ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Attack on Vehicles

U.S. Embassy Djibouti, Djibouti Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Attack on Vehicles April 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that due to concerns of a possible vehicle attack in the vicinity of Tadjourah , embassy personnel are restricted from traveling on Route 9 past the turn-off from Route 1 (Ethiopian highway) toward ...
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Urgent Notice: Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017.

Urgent Notice: Per U.S. Presidential Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017, visa issuance to aliens from the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification. If you are a national, or dual national, of one of these countries, please do not schedule a visa ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Attacks in Kenya and Somalia

The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on a guest house in Mandera, Kenya, which killed approximately 12 people today as well as other recent attacks in Northeast Kenya and Somalia, including the attack on Djiboutian forces in the African Union Mission in Somalia. We express our deep sympathies to the victims and their ...
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Message de condoléances

C’est avec la plus grande tristesse que j’ai appris avec consternation hier, la mort des soldats Djiboutiens au cours d’une attaque meurtrière qui a eu lieu à Beledweyn en Somalie. Cette perte illustre l’engagement total et courageux des soldats Djiboutiens qui lutte contre le terrorisme. Le sacrifice de ces soldats doit être salué avec le ...
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The registration period for DV-2018 opens today, October 4, at noon, EDT

If you are thinking of applying to register for DV-2018, you need to know the facts. The registration period for DV-2018 opens at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Tuesday, October 4, 2016, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Monday, November 7, 2016.  You can only register for the program during the registration period.  Be aware ...
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Last Call for Voting in the U.S. Election!

The  Federal Voting Assistance Program website is a one-stop-shop for learning how to register to vote, updating your contact information, or finding the voting laws specific to your state of residence. We encourage all active and reserve-duty enlisted and officers temporarily stationed in Djibouti, as well civilians attached to Camp Lemonnier, to mail their absentee ballots at Camp Lemonnier’s U.S. Post Office. This ...
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Donations were given to four associations under the Program of Self Help Ambassador of the United States of America

Djibouti – His Excellency the Ambassador of the United States of America in Djibouti, Mr. Thomas P. Kelly, gave a total of over 35,000 American dollars (6,195.000 million Francs DJ) to four associations on Tuesday September 20 at 10:00 in the premises of the Embassy of the United States of America to Haramous. This year’s ...
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Arta Launching of USAID-funded Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods project

The U.S. Embassy, Djiboutian government, and UNDP celebrated the launch of the USAID-funded Women’s Empowerment and Livelihoods project at Arta’s Regional Council on September 4.  USAID funded this two-year, $1,000,000 U.S. dollars project that will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Family.  The project will improve the livelihoods of rural ...
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2015 International Religious Freedom – Djibouti

Executive Summary  The constitution establishes Islam as the state religion, but mandates equality for all faiths. The government maintained its authority over all Islamic matters and institutions, including assets and personnel of all mosques. The government started to implement a decree to execute a law on state control of mosques that made imams civil service ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts Community Outreach Event for 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons

On Thursday July 28, the U.S. Embassy hosted the public at the American Corner to commemorate the 2016 World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TIP). In her remarks, Charge d’Affaires a.i. Christina Higgins noted that, “trafficking is a crime that exists in all countries.  Some 600,000 to 800,000 victims are trafficked globally each year, with ...
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American Corner

American Corners are a type of American Spaces that provide public programming spaces and supports the five core programs. They are partnerships with host-country institutions.  The partner provides a physical space and staff, and the Public Diplomacy section of the U.S. Embassy provides multi-media materials about the United States, training and technical support.  They provide accurate information ...
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U.S. Ambassador finances small-scale development projects

United States Ambassador Tom Kelly has signed agreements for three new projects worth a total of 4,425 000FDJ on Tuesday, July 26. The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) in partnership with the Embassy of the United States in Djibouti and in collaboration with the Annual Ambassador’s Self-Help Program support local associations to carry out ...
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American Spaces – IRC

Opening hours of the IRC (Information Ressource Center): Every Sunday from 13:00 to 16:00. Opening of U.S. Embassy’s New Information Resource Center Djibouti – 30 January, 2013. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the public opening of its new Information Resource Center, located within the Embassy’s chancery in Haramous, Djibouti-ville.  We encourage you to ...
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Certificate Award ceremony for 20 English teachers

On July 18th, the Information Resource Center hosted a Certificate Award ceremony for 20 English teachers who followed the American English Webinar Series from May through July 2016 at the U.S. Embassy Djibouti. The American English Webinar Course offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, gives a professional development ...
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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to avoid the road to Khor Ambado “French Beach” near Doraleh Port due to security concerns. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Djibouti enroll in the Department of State’s  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)  at  http://step.state.gov/ . STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti recommends that you take additional security measures during the last ten (10) days of Ramadan from June 26 – July 7 due to increases in pedestrian and vehicular congestion, police checkpoints, security force presence, and risk of street crime. As Eid al-Fitr approaches, streets will be more congested throughout the ...
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Ambassador Kelly Thanks Djibouti during Visit to Ali Addeh for World Refugee Day 2016

On June 20, Ambassador Tom Kelly, along with ONARS Director Houssein Hassan Darar and UNHCR Representative, Paul Ndaitouroum, visited Ali Addeh Refugee Camp to dedicate a new lighting project, and to deliver clothing items to refugees and the local community on behalf of U.S. Embassy employees and families and from Americans living and working at ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy advises citizens to avoid the area around Cinquième Supermarché on Airport Road in Gabode near the Ambouli International Airport entrance due to a ongoing, uncontrolled fire. We have no further information at this time but will update this security message as needed We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Djibouti enroll in ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Please be advised that a large political rally is planned for Friday, April 1st at the Kartin Club on Nelson Mandela Road (at the intersection of the Camp road and the railroad tracks) in the neighborhood of Ambouli from 1500 to 1800.  Nelson Mandela Road will likely be congested. During this period of election-related activities, please avoid ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Rally on March 26

Please be advised that a large political rally is planned for Saturday, March 26, 2016 on Venice Road in Djibouti City at approximately 1500 to 1830.  The rally is the first of what likely will be a series of rallies before the Djiboutian Presidential elections on April 8. The rallies will likely attract large crowds, produce road closures ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Djibouti Restrictions on Inbound Flights from Mogadishu

The U.S. Embassy would like to inform U.S. citizens that due to the most recent airline security concerns within the region, the Government of Djibouti has suspended all flights that originate in Mogadishu. U.S. government personnel traveling on commercial flights originating from Mogadishu is prohibited. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Rally on January 8

The U.S. Embassy has received information about a large rally planned for the evening of Friday, January 8, 2015 near the cross streets of Nelson Mandela and Loyada Road (the intersection to turn toward Camp Lemonnier) and has reminded U.S. Embassy personnel to avoid large public gatherings and to be cognizant of their surroundings. Private ...
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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI 2016)

Apply Now for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship  (Application opens October 1 – November 11, 2015)   What is the Mandela Washington Fellowship? The fellowship begins with six weeks of academic and leadership training at a U.S. university or college in one of three tracks: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.  Then, Fellows visit Washington, D.C., for a Presidential summit featuring ...
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Announcement to U.S Citizens in Djibouti

Redirecting Resources in Djibouti from Processing Immediate Relative Petitions on Behalf of Yemenis to Processing Yemeni Immigrant Visa Cases The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti announces that, beginning July 2 we will no longer schedule appointments to accept new immigrant visa petitions filed by U.S. citizens on behalf of their immediate Yemeni family members (spouse, child, ...
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Reasons to Care about World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20, we commemorate World Refugee Day to salute the courage and resilience of the world’s refugees and displaced persons.  This year, I have marked the day by visiting Hol Hol refugee camp and reflecting on Djiboutian values of tolerance and charity practiced every day and especially during the holy month of ...
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Djibouti, State of Kentucky Forges Lasting Ties Through Partnership Program

Djibouti – On June 2nd, high-level representatives from the United States Kentucky National Guard and the Djiboutian Armed Forces signed the State Partnership Program agreement, solidifying their future cooperation on military and civilian engagement. This is the first State Partnership Program announced by U.S. Africa Command for East Africa, and only the eleventh in Africa. ...
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U.S. and Djibouti Launch Binational Forum of Cooperation

On February 25 and 26, in Washington, DC, senior officials of the United States and the Republic of Djibouti Governments met to launch the inaugural U.S.-Djibouti Binational Forum, a key outcome of the historic May 5, 2014, White House meeting between U.S. President Obama and Djiboutian President Guelleh. Deputy Secretary Blinken welcomed the Djiboutian delegation ...
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Updated Security Recommendations

The U.S. Embassy has cancelled the restriction on Embassy personnel night movements, but has asked Embassy personnel to avoid large gatherings at restaurants and other public places. The area around Menelik Square will remain off-limits for Embassy personnel until further notice. U.S. citizens should consider implementing these policies as well. Please report anything suspicious to ...
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Place Menelik Attack

The U.S. Embassy community is saddened to hear of an explosion in the evening of May 24 in Djibouti city, resulting in casualties.  We would like to extend our condolences to those affected and their families.  We have offered assistance to Djiboutian authorities. U.S. citizens requiring emergency assistance or with information on the event can ...
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U.S. National Security Advisor Visit to Djibouti

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Travel to Djibouti Ambassador Rice met with senior leaders and U.S. troops from the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) at Camp Lemonnier to discuss CJTF operations in the region. She thanked the troops for their extraordinary work to build counterpart capacity in the ...
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