IGAD commends Ethiopian-Eritrean quest to restore ties

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The East African inter-government authority on development (IGAD) has commended the restoration of ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea, describing it as being the result of “wise and courageous leadership”.

In a press release issued in Djibouti and received by PANA in Khartoum, IGAD said the IGAD Executive Secretary, Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, sent a congratulatory message to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, commending his “wise and courageous leadership in committing to fully implement the Algiers Agreement and normalizing relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea”.

The release said the message stressed that the  normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea and the resolution of the border issue will “undoubtedly” benefit the people of both countries and would contribute to the realization of their shared aspiration for peace and economic integration of the region and indeed the continent of Africa.

“We therefore wish to reiterate our continued support for the ongoing bilateral developments and encourage you to maintain the positive momentum towards peace,” the IGAD official said.

He expressed the hope that Eritrea will join the IGAD family along with Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and South Sudan.

“As you pursue your policy of peace in the region and rapprochement towards Eritrea, we also look forward to Eritrea rejoining the IGAD family and taking its rightful place of collectively advancing peace and development in our region,” Maalim underlined.
-0- Pana MO/VAO 9July2018

09 july 2018 15:00:16

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