Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation, and Parliamentary Relations Mahamoud Ali Youssouf of Djibouti

Mahamoud Ali Youssouf is a Djiboutian political figure, currently serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
After serving as Djibouti's Ambassador to Egypt, Youssouf was appointed as Minister Delegate responsible for International Cooperation on July 4, 2001.
Youssouf was subsequently appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on May 22, 2005.
Youssouf was Chairman of the 129th Ordinary Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Arab League in 2008.
Speaking to The New York Times in 2008, Youssouf said that Djibouti, "a small country with a big port", hoped to develop its economy along the same lines as Dubai.
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Asked about the deserters left by the aggression, and whether Djiboutis role as host to the recent peace process in Somalia could have been a factor in the clash, as alleged, Foreign Minister Youssouf said that the first shots had been fired by defecting Eritrean soldiers entering his country.
Djibouti's foreign minister Mr Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said he did not believe Eritrea was in a position to attack his country over its Djibouti-Eritrean Border Plan, while the Djibouti military general announced plans to prepare border security watch positions for an Eritrean enemy soldier's movement.
military position and associated waterway at Doumeira.
in the Obock region in the north of the country.
Djibouti Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said it was East Africa's turn to take the presidency and said giving it to Sudan would both reward it for ending a more than 20-year war in its south and encourage it to end fighting in Darfur.
Youssouf said it would be dangerous if Eritrea got hold of the straits.
Youssouf said it was likely the two sides would resume their talks "in the next few days.
Djiboutian Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said the situation had calmed after several days fighting last week in a border area overlooking strategic Red Sea shipping lanes.