IGAD Foreign Ministers meet in Somalia,UPDATE

IGAD foreign ministers were received at Mogadishu airport by outgoing Somali Foreign Minister Abdirahman Duale Beyle, several Somali MPs, and ambassadors from IGAD member states

IGAD Foreign Ministers meet in Somalia,UPDATE
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
 Foreign ministers from Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states have arrived in Somali capital Mogadishu where they will participate in a one-day summit on Saturday.

IGAD foreign ministers were received at Mogadishu airport by outgoing Somali Foreign Minister Abdirahman Duale Beyle, several Somali MPs, and ambassadors from IGAD member states.

The delegation included the foreign ministers of Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda and Djibouti.

At a Friday press conference, Beyle said that the decision to hold the IGAD Summit in Mogadishu was "evidence of improved security in the country," adding that he hoped the summit would be held in a "peaceful atmosphere."

Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, for his part, said he was "very pleased" to participate in the event, adding that Somalia had "made major achievements in terms of security."

Saturday's summit will be the first of its kind to be held in fractious Somalia since 1985, when Mogadishu last hosted an IGAD summit.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

IGAD is an East African regional grouping based in Djibouti.

 

IGAD vows support for Somalia against Al-Shabaab
 

The foreign ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states on Saturday pledged support to Somalia in its fight against Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militant group.

In a final communiqué following the meeting, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said that the IGAD ministers vowed to support Somalia in defeating al-Shabaab militant group.

Adhanom, whose country is the current chair of the Djibouti-based IGAD, said that Somalia has made great headway on all fronts, making it possible for the IGAD member states to meet in capital Mogadishu for the first time in 30 years.

According to the final statement, participants in Saturday's meeting condemned Al-Shabaab's recent attack on the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM)'s largest base in the capital, which left at least five troops dead, and its continued targeting of civilians.

At a press conference following the meeting, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud announced that his country will host a summit for IGAD leaders later this year.

Mohamoud said that holding such regional meetings in Mogadishu reflects the achievements made by Somalia over the past years.

Saturday's summit was the first of its kind to be held in fractious Somalia since 1985, when Mogadishu last hosted an IGAD summit.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

 

 

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