OBN.Nov.28,2019 – The 47th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers commenced in Finfinne this morning (November 28).
In a statement delivered to open the session, Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Gedu Andargachew highlighted the agenda items of the session including deliberations on the new structure of IGAD and the issues of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.
The Assembly which will meet tomorrow on its part is expected to review and endorse our decisions, the Minister added.
Mr. Gedu also stated notable achievements in IGAD during Ethiopia’s Chairmanship of the Organization for almost a decade. He said, “Ethiopia is indebted to member states for their unreserved support and cooperation in the discharge of its heavy responsibility.”
Recalling that most territories of Somalia were under the control of Al-shabaab in 2008, when Ethiopia officially assumed the Chairpersonship of the IGAD, Mr. Gedu said Ethiopia together with Other IGAD member states and AMISOM has been able to neutralize the extremist group in the region.
“I am confident that we will succeed in diminishing and ultimately defeating this extremist group once and for all,” he added.
In detailing IGAD’s achievements in South Sudan, the Foreign Minister underscored IGAD’s commitment to stand by the side of the South Sudanese and help them realize their aspirations to peace and prosperity.
Mr. Gedu also highlighted the Normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea as another important development in relations to the peace and security of the region.
“We are very proud to witness that an African problem was solved with an African Solution with the support extended by the AU and the IGAD,” said Gedu relating the successful dialogue between the civil society and the military forces that ended up with the formation of the Transitional Civilian Government in Sudan.
“On the status of our economic cooperation, despite the challenges faced by member states in advancing economic collaboration, we have scored important results in infrastructure linkages,” he said.
He appreciated H.E. Ambassador Mahaboub Maalim, the outgoing Executive Secretary of IGAD for his professionalism and dedication to IGAD and welcomed the new Executive Secretary H.E Dr. Workeneh Gebyhu.
He finally expressed his hope that with the adoption of the new IGAD structure, the appointment of new Executive secretary and new chairperson, IGAD will indeed be revitalized and be more effective in discharging its heavy responsibility.
Source Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.