France welcomes the meeting between President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea in Jeddah on September 17. This meeting could provide an opportunity to build the momentum of peace in the region.
France encourages the authorities of Djibouti and Asmara to continue their dialogue, in order to achieve a permanent solution to the border issue and the question of Djiboutian prisoners of war. It stands ready to provide support for this rapprochement.
France applauds the role played by Saudi Arabia in organizing this meeting and more generally, in the reconciliation process under way in the Horn of Africa.