Djibouti has long had strategic and commercial significance for neighboring Ethiopia, especially after Ethiopia lost Eritrea in the 1990s and with it access to the sea. Now landlocked Ethiopia imports almost all its goods through Djibouti’s expanding network of ports. Ethiopian ships regularly glide across the Gulf of Tadjoura, bringing valuable cargos for loading on to Ethiopia-bound trucks.
The two countries, Ethiopia and Djibouti, have long had a mutually beneficial relationship contributing to a significant Ethiopian diaspora living and working in the country’s tiny eastern neighbor.
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