Somalia hosts historic IGAD summit in Mogadishu

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.

@ Somalia Live Update
@ Somalia Live Update

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.

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.

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