From left: Prof. Chourak Mohamed, Ambassador Ahmed Araita Ali, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki and Ambassador Koji Yonetani.

On 08th July, 2019, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Araita Ali, Djibouti’s Ambassador to Japan delivered a lecture on “Republic of Djibouti: the gateway of peace and development in Africa” to Business Executives and students at Hiroshima University.

The Ambassador spoke about relations of friendship and cooperation between Djibouti and Japan and the two peoples. He talked about the next Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD 7 Summit) that will be held from 28 to 30 August 2019 in Yokohama. He also highlighted the major changes in the Horn of Africa since last year and the new opportunities for economic cooperation in the region.

Ambassador Araita at the monument where the name of the former
Djiboutian marathoner Mr. Houssein Ahmed Salah is engraved in Japanese.

The lecture was attended by 100 participants. Among the attendees were the Japan’s Ambassador to Djibouti, H.E. Mr. Koji Yonetani and JSDF Officers who also made interventions on the cooperation between the two countries and on the anti-piracy mission of JSDF in the Gulf of Aden. Ambassador Araita was received by the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki and by the Mayor of the city of Kure, Mr. Yoshiake Shinhara.

During his stay in Hiroshima, Ambassador Araita visited the monument where the name of the former Djiboutian marathoner Mr. Houssein Ahmed Salah is engraved. Mr. Salah won the first edition of the World Marathon Cup in 1985 in Hiroshima just 3 years before he won the first and only Olympic medal of Djibouti at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.