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Djibouti: Civil Liberties

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Reform and Constitutional Issues), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Brexit), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Djibouti on fundamental freedoms including religious expression in that country.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The United Kingdom participated, alongside our EU partners, in the regular Article 8 Dialogue with the Government of Djibouti in April 2018, where concerns about the inhibition of fundamental freedoms were raised.

The Foreign Secretary announced, on 31 October, our intention to open a new Embassy in Djibouti by the end of March 2020. A permanent presence in Djibouti, part of the Government's increased resource to deliver the Prime Minister's new approach to Africa, will enable a broader and more regular dialogue with the Government of Djibouti.

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