By Staff Reporter
November 30, 2019 (Ezega.com) -- The 13th Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government was held on 29 November 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali.
The meeting was attended by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda; Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti; Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan; Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia; Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Sudan; and Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya.
Also in attendance were Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo, incoming Executive Secretary of IGAD; Mahboub Maalim, the outgoing Executive Secretary of IGAD; Ambassador Mohamed Ali Guyo, IGAD Special Envoy for the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somalia; and Ambassador Dr. Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan among many others.
The Ordinary Summit was preceded by the 47th Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 28th November 2019.
The meeting deliberated on the Report of the 47th IGAD Council of Ministers to the Summit, the draft IGAD Establishment Treaty and its proposed Structure; and the election of IGAD Chairpersonship.
The summit expressed gratitude to the Government and people of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the warm welcome extended to members of delegations and congratulated Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo on his appointment as the Executive Secretary of IGAD and expressed its full support in discharging his responsibilities.
The 13th Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government Elected Sudan as the Chair of IGAD, replacing Ethiopia. While welcoming Sudan to Replace Ethiopia, members of IGAD have Greatly appreciated and thanked the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia for the pivotal role it has played in steering and spearheading the work of IGAD as the Chair for over a decade
During the meeting, the proposed IGAD Structure as amended by the Council was Adopted and directed the Executive Secretary to review and update the Structure based on the feedback received from Member States and the needs and realities on the ground subject to the approval of the IGAD Council.
After long discussion, it was decided to reform IGAD to ensure it becomes a rule-based, effective and predictable organization. It deferred the adoption of the draft IGAD Establishment Treaty until after an in-depth discussion on the future of IGAD takes place at the next ordinary summit. It also adopted the IGAD Declaration of Principles of Cooperation in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, which will enhance cohesion and guide the region's strategic cooperation and called upon the international community to lift the crippling economic sanctions imposed on Sudan and South Sudan to enable them to rebuild their economies.
The 13th ordinary summit also appreciated the efforts by the South Sudanese Parties to silence the guns for over one year and urged the parties to accomplish the pre-transitional tasks within the extended hundred days and form the Transitional Government of National Unity by the end of the extended period.
IGAD also commended the government and people of Sudan for transitioning into civilian rule and for their resilience and determination and, in this regard, endorsed the role of the Republic of South Sudan in mediating the peace talks in Juba.
Fighting against terrorism was also the topic of discussion during the Ordinary meeting in which it was recommitted to continue working together and redouble efforts to fight terrorism in the region and, in this regard, appreciated the role and contribution of AMISOM in contributing to the peace and stability of Somalia.
At the end of the meeting, it was decided to discuss further matters in the next Ordinary Summit to be held in Khartoum, Sudan.
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