A Summit, the first of its kind since the Horn of Africa nation plunged into conflict in 1991 took place in the Somali capital this tuesday, a one-day meeting of IGAD, a grouping that includes Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, Sudan, Uganda and Somalia.
The regional leaders were due to discuss Somalia’s upcoming vote for a new parliament and president, as well the situation in South Sudan, where fighting in July has further destabilised the five-year-old nation.Many senior visitors to Mogadishu stay in the airport area, a compound surrounded by high blast walls with barbed wire and patrolled by the African Union AMISOM force. Tuesday’s summit was being held just outside the perimeter at Peace Hotel.
— IGAD Secretariat (@igadsecretariat) September 13, 2016
— Yusuf Garaad (@MinisterMOFA) September 13, 2016
Somalia has been grappling with frequent terror attacks from Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, undermining the country’s efforts towards development.The government considers Somalia hosting IGAD as being testimony to the improved security in the country.
— Somalia Live Update (@HassanIstiila) September 13, 2016
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