German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock faced unexpected challenges during her visit to Djibouti as her government plane made an unplanned stopover in Saudi Arabia due to the lack of a permit to fly over Eritrea. This interruption underscores the overall instability in the region, with neighboring countries Sudan and Yemen being inaccessible for flyover routes due to ongoing armed conflicts.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
In a statement, Baerbock explained that the unplanned stop reflected the geopolitical complexities in the area. She had planned to convey a message in Djibouti regarding Germany and the European Union’s collaborative efforts to protect Red Sea shipping routes from potential attacks by Yemen’s Houthi militia.
“This is a protective mission for ships in the region, and that means such a defensive mission by the Europeans, should it be agreed, would not constitute attacks on Yemen,” she clarified.
The incident sheds light on the challenges diplomatic missions face in navigating the geopolitical landscape of the East African region. Baerbock’s visit to Djibouti is part of her three-day trip, with upcoming destinations including talks on the ongoing conflict in Sudan, Kenya, and South Sudan. Last August, her planned week-long trip to the Indo-Pacific region had to be canceled due to repeated mechanical issues with her government plane.