H.E Ismaïl Omar Guelleh is the
son of Omar Guelleh, who worked for the railway company between Ethiopia and
Djibouti as a member of the first wave of indigenous teachers. H.E Ismaïl Omar
Guelleh is also the grand-son of Guelleh Batal, a leading figure of Djibouti
notables that signed the administrative treaty with France.
The Political Path of the
Pilgrim of Regional Peace
H.E Ismail Omar Guelleh,
President of the Republic of Djibouti, is unquestionably a man of peace. Since
his election in 1999, he has devoted himself to reconciliation and
peace-building, both within our nation and in the sub-region. His wisdom and
commitment make him the pillar of stability in our country and undeniably in
this part of the continent that is the Horn of Africa.
From the very first months of his
mandate, during the Arta conference, Ismail Omar Guelleh undertook the
difficult task of rebuilding the Somali nation, which had sunk into chaos after
fratricidal wars. Despite the challenges, he succeeded in forging a solid
reconciliation between the Somali brothers, demonstrating his determination to
establish peace against all odds.
More recently, Ismail Omar
Guelleh has shone by orchestrating a rapprochement between Somalia and
Somaliland, resulting in agreements that open a promising round of talks.
On each occasion, his strategic
finesse and genius for mediation have been decisive, establishing a climate of
trust between the parties involved. His vision has laid the foundations for
peaceful cooperation in a region often marked by tensions.
As President of IGAD, H.E Ismail
Omar Guelleh has breathed new life into the negotiation process between the
parties to the conflict in Sudan. His leadership has laid the foundations for a
peaceful and lasting approach to the disputes, underlining once again his
central role in promoting peace at regional level.
HE. Ismail Omar Guelleh stands
out unquestionably as a man of peace, whose commitment to reconciliation and
stability has had a significant impact at both national and international
At the national level, he played
a crucial role in reconciling the Front pour la Restauration de l'Unité et de
la Démocratie (FRUD) and the government during the Aba'a agreements in 1994.
Its ability to facilitate dialogue and find consensual solutions was a major
asset in the resolution of this internal conflict.
With this in mind, Djibouti,
under the leadership of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, has become a veritable
haven of peace. His vision of peace, national unity and social cohesion has
been at the heart of this metamorphosis. The President sees these values as
essential priorities for ensuring the stability and well-being of the nation.
Furthermore, in the exercise of
his function as Head of State, IOG periodically organises citizens' meetings
and engages in open dialogue with the population. His regular presence in the
various regions bears witness to his commitment to the grassroots of Djiboutian
society. These exchanges strengthen the link between the leadership and the
people, fostering a mutual understanding of needs and aspirations.
One of President Guelleh's major
strengths lies in his ability to listen attentively to the concerns and
feelings of his compatriots. By cultivating this closeness with the population,
he demonstrates a genuine desire to understand the realities experienced by
Djiboutians on a daily basis. This quality of active listening strengthens the
people's confidence in his leadership.
In the light of all this, we
can't help but say that he truly embodies the idea of a committed statesman,
ready to work for the collective well-being. His inclusive and participatory
approach creates an environment conducive to the peaceful resolution of
internal conflicts and the promotion of harmonious coexistence.
This is why Djibouti continues to
evolve as a successful example of stability, thanks to a leadership that values
peace, unity and mutual understanding.
In addition to his commitment to
peace and his attentiveness to the people, Ismail Omar Guelleh is distinguished
by other facets that help to make him an exceptional statesman.
His enlightened leadership has
also been evident on the economic front. Under his leadership, Djibouti has
seen significant economic growth, thanks to strategic policies aimed at
diversifying key sectors. Investment in infrastructure, notably the port of
Doraleh, has strengthened Djibouti's position as a regional economic hub.
At the same time, President
Guelleh has worked to strengthen Djibouti's diplomatic relations on the
international stage. His leadership at the head of the African Union has
strengthened Djibouti's voice in continental discussions, testifying to its
desire to make an active contribution to regional and global issues.
Finally, H.E Ismail Omar Guelleh
has proven to be an accomplished statesman, combining the promotion of peace
with a global vision of development. His balanced leadership, embracing
economic, diplomatic, environmental and educational dimensions, has shaped
Djibouti into a resilient and prosperous nation. The legacy of this man of
peace will extend beyond his time, leaving a lasting mark on Djibouti's
history. He will remain undeniable as a peacemaking leader, becoming an
emblematic figure in the relentless quest for peace in East Africa.