President Obama met with Djibouti's president Ismail Omar Guelleh on Monday at the White House where the two (per the White House press office) "discussed their shared vision for addressing human capital and economic development challenges in Djibouti."
The president praised Guelleh for his commitment to lowering unemployment, reducing poverty, and improving reliable access to energy, potable water, and health care.
The United States pledged to increase technical and financial assistance to the Djiboutian people and to invest in Djibouti’s development priorities. President Obama pledged to expand U.S.-sponsored workforce education and training to help strengthen Djibouti’s workforce and set a foundation for expanded employment and private sector investment.
The demonstrators were also protesting the country's lack of freedom of the press that has long been dominated by the government that is Guelleh.
"Djibouti has only one newspaper and one television station", said "Muhammad", one protester before running off to shout at the passing motorcade with Guelleh inside.
Reporters are discouraged from reporting anything in opposition of the Djibouti government; many have been tortured, or killed.
Djibouti is a small country located in the Horn of Africa, bordered by Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia. The country hosts Camp Lemonier, the sole U.S. Military base in Africa near the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport