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Capital: Djibouti
Languages: French, Arabic, Affar, Issa
Religion: Islam
Currency: Djibouti Franc

Location: Djibouti, first known as French Somaliland and then as the French Territory of Mars and Issas, became independent on June 27, 1977 under the name of Djibouti. Lying between Ethiopia and Somalia and looking out on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden; the state is of extreme strategic importance.

Trade and Economy: The land is economically poor, being mostly volcanic desert with scattered plateaus and highlands. Agriculture is possible only in restricted areas with irrigation facilities. Goats, sheep and camels form the major wealth of the state. Salt is a major product. Huge salt deposits are found in the lakes of Alol and Assal. Trade is almost entirely based in the capital Djibouti. French aid as well as assistance from Arab countries is the mainstay of the economy. A 3- year-long uprising by Afar rebels in the north belonging to the Front for the Restoration of Unity and Democracy (FRUD) ended with a peace accord in 1994. Ethiopia and Somalia have renounced their claims to Djibouti.

Mission in India:
Honorary Consulate
3, Aurangzeb Lane,
New Delhi-110 011, India
Tel: +91 - 11 - 23011642, 648
Tele Fax: +91 - 11 - 23011634.
E-mail: djibouti@spectranet.com

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