Djibouti ends Dubai's DP World contract to run container terminal
"The Republic of Djibouti has decided to proceed with the unilateral termination with immediate effect of the concession contract awarded to DP World," the office of President Ismail Omar Guelleh said in a statement.
DP World called the move an illegal seizure of the terminal and said it had begun new arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration, which has reviewed previous claims related to the dispute.
"We demand that the Government [of Djibouti] will cease its unlawful conduct and continue to work as partners with us," DP World said in its statement.
The termination of the contract would have no material financial impact on the company, it said.
Last February, the London Court of International Arbitration cleared DP World of all charges of misconduct over a concession to operate the terminal, Dubai's government said at the time. ■