Djibouti says its container port to remain in state hands

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By: Reuters | Nairobi |
Published: March 14, 2018 9:13 pm


Beach-goers watch as U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson passes by in his motorcade, after meetings at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti, Friday (AP photo)

Djibouti’s container port will remain in state hands as the government seeks investment, a senior official said on Wednesday in comments likely to reassure Washington where lawmakers say they fear it could be ceded to China.

The Doraleh Container Terminal is a key asset for Djibouti, a tiny state on the Red Sea whose location is of strategic value to countries such as the United States, China, Japan and former colonial power France, all of whom have military bases there. Djibouti last month terminated the concession of Dubai’s state-owned DP World to run the port, citing a failure to resolve a six-year contractual dispute.

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