Somalia: IGAD leaders hold summit in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) - East African leaders on Tuesday converged on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to discuss security, elections and regional development in the region.

IGAD is an eight-country regional bloc, which includes governments from the Horn of Africa, Nile Valley, and the African Great Lakes, and its headquarters are in Djibouti City.

The countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda.

PANA reports that the 28th extra-ordinary summit IGAD head of states in Mogadishu, is first of high profile international meeting hosted by Somalia, since 1972 meeting of the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU), as well as IGAD's 1986 regional meeting.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud  and other leaders will also delibrate Somalia's political transition and the South Sudan crisis.

The IGAD Summit came weeks after a regional ministerial meeting of East African foreign ministers and the US Secretary of State John Kerry in Nairobi, Kenya.

During the Nairobi meeting, the upcoming Somalia's general elections and the peace effort in South Sudan form part of the discussions.

Somalia is gearing for an election to take place from late Septmeber to early October.

The parliamentary election is slated for 24 September, while the presidential poll holds on 31 October.
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13 september 2016 14:34:43

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