Djibouti, (Somalilandpress) — US embassy in Djibouti is to be formally upgraded by August 2011 at a cost of $121 million US dollars, United States Ambassador to Djibouti, Mr. James Christopher Swan said in a ceremony attended by Djibouti’s Prime Minister, Dileita Mohamed Dileita.
The new embassy is expected to be the largest structure of United State’s embassies in the Horn of Africa, replacing that of Addis Ababa.
American officials say the main reason for their upgrade is part of the State Department’s security upgrade and needed space – but in fact, the new embassy provides far more than security and an extra elbow space – it is a physical declaration in steel and stone that the United States is here to stay and wants to have it’s presence felt in the region.
The contract for America’s largest diplomatic facility in the Horn of Africa was awarded to one of United State’s largest construction and engineering groups, Caddell Construction Co.
James C. Swan’s new embassy will have start-of-the-art facilities and is expected to create jobs for the locals and improve American image in the region. Ambassador Swan is a specialist in horn of African affairs and security: worked under Jendayi Frazer as deputy to the Assistant US Secretary of State for African Affairs in charge especially of Central and Eastern Africa.
Djibouti’s Prime Minister, Dileita Mohamed Dileita warmly welcomed the new facility.
The Republic of Djibouti is situated in the Horn of Africa, on the Eastern African Coast at the beginning of the opening of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden and shares borders with Ethiopia to the west and the south-west, with Somaliland to the south and with Eritrea to the north.