CDA Snipes Remarks for U.S. National Day Celebration

  President of the National Assembly, Mr. Dileita Mohamed Dileita Acting Prime Minister, Mme Hibo Mou-min Assoweh Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, guest speaker Distinguished Ministers Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires Esteemed guests, Good evening, and thank you for joining us in celebration of the 248th anniversary of American Independence.  …

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CDA Snipes Remarks at Cutlass Express 24 Opening Ceremony

  Minister of Defense Hassan, Chief of the Armed Forces General Zakaria, Commander of the Coast Guard Col. Wais, Vice Admiral Ishee, Distinguished guests, soldiers, sailors, ladies, and gentlemen, Good morning! It is an honor to be back here with the Coast Guard for a second time in three days and it is very exciting …

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CDA Remarks at Ali Oune village to celebrate operationalization of 2,900 square foot health clinic constructed by U.S. for local communities

Mr. Secretary General, Dear Beneficiaries, Ladies and gentlemen, It is an honor to join you today for the celebration of the operationalization of the Ali-Oune health center. This center stands as a testament to the commitment on the part of the United States to mobilize all of our team’s resources to bring quality, sustainable assistance …

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CDA Snipes Remarks at Maritime Law Enforcement Closing Ceremony

  CDA Snipes Remarks at Maritime Law Enforcement Closing Ceremony   Col. Wais Omar Bogoreh, EU Focal Point on Maritime Affairs Pilar Elman, UN Office of Drugs and Crime Djibouti Office Head Mostafa Elbanna, Ambassador Tabesse Coastguardsmen, Ladies and gentlemen, Honorable guests, It is my pleasure to be here today to celebrate the hard work …

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CDA Snipes Remarks at Guelilee Border Post Facility Inauguration

Colonel Ibrahim Zakaria Cheick Ibrahim, Lieutenant colonel Roble Mohamed Abdallah, representatives from the Direction General des Relations International (DGRI), Soldiers, and honorable guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be with you today to inaugurate this premiere facility… built in close collaboration between the Republic of Djibouti and the United States of America. …

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CDA Snipes Remarks at the USAID Youth Employment Event

His Excellency Omar Abdi Said, Minister of Labor in charge of Formalization and Social Protection, Mr. Mahamoud Omar Guelleh, ANEFIP Director General, Mr. Osman Abdi Mohamed, Directeur General of Djibouti’s Tourism Office, Mr. Nicolas Froger, Director General of the Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Dear representatives of the hotels and hospitality industry, Dear Beneficiaries, Honorable Guests, Ladies …

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CDA Remarks for the 4th Annual Research Conference Workshop Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism: Integrating Gender Perspectives

  CDA Remarks for the  4th Annual Research Conference Workshop  Preventing Violent Extremism and Countering Terrorism:  Integrating Gender Perspectives     His Excellency Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, Minister of Foreign Affairs     Director of the Prevention/Countering Violent Extremism Center Dr. Simon Nyamburu     Ambassadors and Diplomats     Distinguished Guests and Invitees     Researchers and Scholars,     I …

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CDA Christopher Snipes Remarks for Partner Appreciation Day 2023

CDA Christopher Snipes Remarks for Partner Appreciation Day 2023 Wednesday, November 8, 2023 Camp Lemonnier   Ladies and Gentlemen, Esteemed Partners: For over twenty years, our common goal of maintaining peace and stability in Djibouti and in the region has been achieved as a direct result of the strong partnership between our Djiboutian partners and …

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CDA Snipes Remarks at USAID/Djibouti Youth Employment Program Launch

Chargé d’Affaires Snipes Remarks at USAID/Djibouti Youth Employment Program Launch November 05, 2023 His Excellency Moustapha Mohamed Mahamoud, Minister of Education and Vocational Training. His Excellency Omar Abdi Said, Minister of Labor, in charge of Formalization and Social Protection. Mr. Youssouf Mousssa Dawaleh, President of the Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Helen Boyle, Vice-President of Education Development …

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CDA Fernandez Remarks at USAID Ceremony with Partner Ministries for Project to Support Civil Society Engagement

Chargé d’Affaires Mario Fernandez’s Remarks at the Ceremony to Commemorate the Signature of MOUs with Partner Ministries for USAID’s Project to Support Civil Society Engagement in Djibouti’s Local Development Process September 13, 2023, at 09:10. Your Excellencies, The Minister of Interior, The Minister of Women and Families, The Minister Delegate of Decentralization, The Secretary General …

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A/DCM Poole Remarks for Dead Body Management and Missing Migrant Workshop

A/DCM Poole Remarks for Dead Body Management and Missing Migrant Workshop Monday, August 21, 2023 Djibouti Kempinski Hotel            On behalf of the United States, it is an honor to provide opening remarks, and funding, for this critical workshop on dead body management and missing migrants.  The news of the boat …

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CDA Fernandez Remarks for the IGAD Ordinary Summit in Djibouti

CDA Fernandez Remarks for the IGAD Ordinary Summit in Djibouti Monday, June 12, 2023, 10:00  Djibouti Kempinski Hotel As Charge d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, I welcome the opportunity to observe the open session of IGAD’s 14th Ordinary Summit.  From my time serving in Kenya, I have seen the positive outcomes from IGAD’s …

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Speech of the USAID Representative-Launch of the Tuk-Tuk Vaccine Roll-out

Speech of the USAID Representative, Nancy Ostrowski Launch of the Tuk-Tuk Vaccine Roll-out June 21,2023 Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be a part of the launch of the “Tuk-Tuk Vaccine Roll-Out,” This activity, which originated during the fight against the COVID-19 virus, is one of three currently programs currently underway that are funded …

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Speech of the Chargé d’Affaires, Andrea Tomaszewicz – ECE Launch

Speech of the Chargé d’Affaires, Andrea Tomaszewicz  Early Childhood Education “Play to Learn” Launch May 25,2023   His Excellency, Minister of the national Education and Vocational and Professional Training Her Excellence, Minister of Women and Family Honorable Guests, Ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here with all of you, our partners …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission at the Closing Ceremony of English Week

DCM Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of English Week Palais du Peuple—May 11th, 2023  Good morning Minister, distinguished guests, students and teachers.  Your excellency, thank you so much for including the U.S. Embassy in this extraordinary celebration of English language learning in Djibouti. To all the students who participated in the debates and storytelling today—congratulations …

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Remarks by Ambassador Pratt at Opening Ceremony of English Week

Ambassador Pratt Remarks at Opening Ceremony of English Week May 7, 2023  Excerpts from the Ambassador’s Remarks: It’s a pleasure to be with you this morning for many reasons. The main reason is that this is my last week in Djibouti after two and half years. Being here with you on one of my final …

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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Tomaszewicz at Women’s Iftar Dinner

Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission Andrea Tomaszewicz at Women’s Iftar Dinner April 4, 2023 Welcome everyone to my home for this special Iftar.  I am honored to have you gather with me as you end your fast to reflect together on the important themes of the holy month of Ramadan including forgiveness, patience, resilience, …

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U.S. National Day Remarks

U.S. National Day Remarks, Ambassador Jonathan Pratt January 31, 2023   Excellence le Ministre des Affaires Etrangères, Excellence Mesdames et Messieurs les ministres, Messieurs et Mesdames les représentants du gouvernement de Djibouti, Excellence les ambassadeurs Chers généraux, Invités de marque et amis, soyez les bienvenus chez moi pour la célébration de la fête nationale américaine. …

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Ambassador’s Speech at the Announcement Ceremony of the Prize-Winning Associations Under the Support Project for Civil Society Involvement

Ambassador’s Speech at the Announcement ceremony of the prize-winning associations that will benefit from grants to associations under the Support Project for Civil Society Involvement in the Local Development Process. November 21, 2022 Distinguished Guests, I would like to thank you for your presence today to award the first phase of grants provided by USAID’s …

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DCM Andrea Tomaszewicz Remarks for the Opening Ceremony Balbala 7 Library

DCM Andrea Tomaszewicz Remarks for the Opening Ceremony Balbala 7 Library Tuesday, 04 October, 2022, 4:30 p.m.   Good morning, Distinguished Guests, Dear Students, Ladies and Gentleman. I am so excited to join you today to commemorate the opening of the Balbala 7 library.  To me, there’s no place more energizing than a place that …

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Remarks by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Inauguration of Cooperative FIAAN’s Solar Power Plant

Remarks by the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Inauguration of Cooperative FIAAN’s Solar Power Plant Cooperative FIAAN, Douda on July 28th, 2022 It is a pleasure to be here with you today to officially inaugurate this solar system. This is not just any solar system.  This one specifically supplies electricity to power pumps and …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Launching of the Acceleration Plan for 50 Small Businesses

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Launching of the Acceleration Plan for 50 Small Businesses Palais du Peuple on July 14th, 2022    Excellencies Mr. Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy and Finance and International Cooperation; Madame Mariam Hamadou , Minister Delegate in charge of the Digital Economy and Innovation, Distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen, It is …

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Ambassador Pratt’s Remarks at the Closing Ceremony of the Workforce Development Project, 07 JULY 2022.

Ambassador Pratt’s Remarks on the Closing Ceremony of the Workforce Development Project. 07 July, 2022 It is a great honor for me to be here with you to participate in the closing ceremony of the Djiboutian Workforce Development Project. This project, funded by the US Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) …

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Remarks by Ambassador Jonathan Pratt of the United States of America at the Launch of the USAID-funded Civil Society Project

Remarks by Ambassador Jonathan Pratt of the United States of America at the Launch of the USAID-funded Civil Society Project May 23, 2022, at the Sheraton, Djibouti Mr. Acting Minister of the Interior Members of the Government Mr. Mayor of the city of Djibouti Presidents of the regional councils, Mr. Representative of the European Delegation, …

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Ambassador Pratt’s Welcoming Remarks at the Media Forum at the IGAD Center for Excellence

March 22, 2022 Distinguished guests, invitees, and participants, good to see you this morning.  I am delighted to be here for the opening of the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism’s Media Forum.  The United States values the important role of IGAD’s P/CVE Center and we have supported it in its …

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The United States and Africa: Building a 21st Century Partnership

SPEECH ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE ECONOMIC COMMUNITY OF WEST AFRICAN STATES ABUJA, NIGERIA NOVEMBER 19, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you very much, Vice President Koroma.  Thank you for the very kind introduction, but thank you especially for your leadership here at ECOWAS – not just today, but every single day.  And it’s very good to be here …

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Remarks by Andrea Tomaszewicz, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Djibouti Dammerjog April 27, 2021

Prefect of Damerjog, Damerjog School Director, community members, and distinguished guests, It is with great pleasure that I join you today in the inaguration of this new library in Damerjog.  It is an excellent an example of the United States and Djibouti working side by side, supporting education and employment, and investing in the next …

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Ambassador Jonathan Pratt Accreditation Remarks

Good morning, your Excellency.  My name is Jonathan Pratt and it is a great honor for me to meet you and to assume the role of U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti.  On behalf of the President of the United States, I wish to convey the warmest greetings to your Excellency, to your government, …

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Validation Workshop of the Djibouti National Action Plan on Preventing Violent Extremism

  Remarks for the Validation Workshop of the Djibouti National Action Plan on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Andréa Tomaszewicz, Chargée d’Affaires  Sheraton, Monday, December 18, 2020, 9:00 a.m. IGAD Executive Secretary Workneh, Dr. Nyambura, Foreign Affairs Minister Mahmoud, EU Ambassador O’Hara, honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen…. It is a pleasure to participate in this …

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Launch of the Rising Djibouti Project Remarks, Ambassador André, Ali Sabieh, December 23, 2020

Pour diffusion immédiate  Djibouti   Remarks by Ambassador Larry E. André, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, Ali Sabieh, December 23, 2020   Mr. Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Secretary of State, in charge of decentralization, Mr. Prefect, Mr. President of the Regional Council, Madam Representative of UNDP, Mr. USAID Representative, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, …

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Chargée d’Affaires Andréa Tomaszewicz Remarks

It is with great pleasure that I am participating today in this signing ceremony for an amendment to the Grant Agreement between the Republic of Djibouti and the United States.  This amendment adds 2.5 million U.S. dollars to the existing contribution of USAID to support the efforts of the government in its journey to socio-economic …

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National Day Remarks (French)

National Day Remarks, Ambassador André, TCMR Tuesday, February 11, 2019, 7:40 p.m. (French) Je vous remercie d’être parmi nous ce soir pour célébrer l’indépendance des États-Unis d’Amérique. Le jour de l’indépendance est généralement célébré en juillet, quand les membres de notre législature ont voté en faveur de l’indépendance vis-à-vis de la Grande-Bretagne en 1776. Les …

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National Day Remarks

National Day Remarks, Ambassador André, TCMR Tuesday, February 11, 2019, 7:40 p.m. Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the independence of the United States of America.  We usually commemorate our Independence Day in July, when members of our legislature voted in favor of Independence from Great Britain in 1776.  Supporters of independence in …

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U.S. Supports Construction of Local Soccer Field

Monsieur le Sous Prefet, Monsieur le Ministre Monsieur le chef du village, Brigadier General Kriesel, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning and thank you all for attending the inauguration of this new soccer field.  It is a great example of the strong Djiboutian – American partnership that occurs at many levels.  This soccer field …

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Djibouti City Strong Cities Network Induction Ceremony

Ambassador Andre’s Remarks at the Djibouti City Strong Cities Network Induction Ceremony IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism  April 11, 2:00 p.m. Inspector General Kadra Moussa, Mayor Fatouma Awaleh, colleagues and friends, it is a pleasure to be back in the IGAD Center of Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, …

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CUTLASS EXPRESS 2019

Doraleh Coast Guard Training Center 28 January 2019 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my honor to address you today at the opening of CUTLASS EXPRESS 2019. Djibouti has been a leader in this event since 2012. I would like to first thank the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Equipment and Transportation, the Director of …

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Markazi IT Learning Center Inauguration

Ambassador André’s Remarks at Markazi IT Learning Center Inauguration September 13, 2018, 10:00, Markazi Village I am pleased to be here today in Markazi Village to help inaugurate the IT Learning Center.  Among the American Embassy’s top goals is to help protect and improve conditions for refugees and migrants in Djibouti.  To do this, we …

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Ambassador Larry André’s remarks on Multilateral Cooperation

Multilateral Cooperation Is Key to Peace & Development in Africa Good morning!  I thank the organizers of this gathering for inviting me to talk to you about a favorite subject:  How African countries and their partners can best work together to advance peace and development for the people of this continent. I will suggest some …

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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; women …

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Ambassador Larry André Letter of Credentials Speech

Good morning, Assalaamu aleykum Your Excellency, Mr. President of the Republic of Djibouti, It is an immense honor to present to you a letter from President Donald J. Trump containing my credentials to serve as the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Djibouti. I have spent nearly all my adult …

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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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