President George Manneh Weah has sent a message of congratulatory to Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guellah, on that country’s 41th Independence Anniversary on June 27.
June 27 is celebrated each year as Djibouti’s Independence Anniversary, which it obtained from France in 1977 and became the fifth newest country in Africa after South Sudan (July 9, 2011); Eritrea, (May 24, 1993); Namibia (March 21, 1990); and Zimbabwe (April 18, 1980).
Earlier known as French Somaliland, Djibouti was France’s last hold on the continent. The third referendum led to a landslide victory, 98.8 percent, for independence. At the first and second referendums held in 1958 and 1967, respectively, people voted to remain with France rather than join neighboring Somalia.
According to a Foreign Ministry release, President Weah, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia in his own name, stressed that as the people of Djibouti celebrate this historic event, Liberia is hopeful that both countries will work together to strengthen their bilateral ties for the mutual benefits of their peoples. He prayed that the Almighty Allah will inspire His Excellency with abundant wisdom and strength as he leads his compatriots to greater prosperity.