Jakarta (ANTARA) - Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh believes that the country must rise to the level of current and future challenges, as the country celebrates its 45th anniversary of independence.

President Guelleh conveyed the statement during his speech on Monday on the occasion of the traditional reception held to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Djibouti's Independence Day, as noted in a release issued by the Union of OIC News Agencies (UNA-OIC) and received here on Wednesday.

During his speech, the Djibouti president touched upon the milestones of the path that Djibouti has followed and is still following in accordance with steady steps, with clear visions towards achieving a bright tomorrow and an ambitious future.

The president of the Republic referred to the continuous success of the Djiboutian society in gaining high resilience to face the challenges and external shocks facing the world and Djibouti, as a part of this world, pointing out that those shocks have become increasingly interconnected in an open and connected world, in which the winds of globalization extend without borders or barriers.

The president cited in the context "COVID-19 pandemic" and "high prices" due to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

In his speech, the president of Djibouti outlined the main lines of his strategy aimed at ensuring the full independence of Djibouti and the non-negotiable ability to achieve its needs and development.

With regard to food security, President Guelleh revealed that measures are being taken in line with his administration's vision and orientations, such as renting farms in some neighboring countries in order to provide the country with basic needs to enhance the preservation of its food security.

As for the phenomenon of high prices, the president of the Republic affirmed his determination to combat this phenomenon through "additional measures and social mechanisms to mitigate the shock, in addition to taking deterrent penalties against some traders, who make the phenomenon of high prices a profitable business to achieve personal interests at the expense of the homeland and the citizen."

The president of Djibouti also devoted an important part of his speech to the national event "June 27" Independence Day, briefly referring to the path taken by Djibouti since it gained national independence.

In that regard, Guelleh stressed that the priority is always to preserve the main gains and achievements of the sovereignty of Djibouti, especially unity, justice, equality, interdependence, and stability.

With regard to development work, he affirmed his constant follow-up, pointing to the implementation of important reforms, including the educational system, where the school became accessible to all without discrimination, and the cancer of elitism that retained knowledge for a small minority was eliminated.

"As for the 'health system,' the government achieved Comprehensive health insurance and eliminated discrimination and inequality in access to healthcare that kept and even trapped poor groups of people in their suffering," the president stated.

In his speech, the Djibouti president also indicated that "Djibouti society has unleashed women's energies, thanks to the social and political reforms that have been put in place, and thus, women have got rid of the patriarchal concept and the restrictions that were stifling them."

Djibouti's National Day celebration was held under the auspices of President Guelleh. Early in the morning of the National Day, the president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier located in the People's Palace Square.

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