Ismael Gulleh of Djibouti

The White House has announced that . The meeting on May 5 will highlight the role of Djibouti, which hosts a US Horn of Africa counterterrorism task force, in protecting regional security and preventing conflict. The White House said discussions will also cover security and counterterrorism, development, trade and energy cooperation.

The World Bank Group and the Government of Djibouti signed a US$3.8 million grant to support the Government’s Access to Quality Education Project at the weekend. The grant is designed to support the government’s goal of improving teaching practices and facilities for primary education as well as renovation and construction of school buildings, and fund teacher training, student assessment and student materials.

The French Development Agency has signed an agreement worthUS$8.3 million (1.5 billion francs) to support education and vocational training in Djibouti. The project is due to start at the end of the month.

The Djiboutian government has handed 267 Eritrean refugees over to the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR. They include some prisoners of war taken in June 2008 when Eritrea attacked Djibouti. Djibouti officials say twenty-five wanted to return to Eritrea, but there has been no indication whether Eritrea would receive the would-be returnees.