MOGDISHU(HALBEEG NEWS) IGAD is expected to hold an extra-ordinary meeting on 12th September 2018. The presidents and the foreign ministers of IGAD are expected to attend this summit.
The top agendas to be discussed in this meeting are re-admission of Eritrea into IGD and they also welcome the normalization of relations between Eritrea and Djibouti.
Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalise ties following a regional meeting, ministers said on Thursday, a decade after a border spat led to brief military clashes.
Djibouti Foreign Minister Mahamoud Ali Youssouf said his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh was visiting to “open a new era in relations between our two countries. Now it is the time for peace”.
On his side Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman Meles Alem welcomed the move adding that the countries “have agreed to normalize relations and iron out their differences.”
Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu also said “After a long period of separation, Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to restore ties,”
Eritrean foreign minister was accompanied by his Somali counterpart Ahmed Isse Awad and Ethiopia’s Workneh Gebeyehu who travelled to Djibouti to “advance dialogue” between the two nations, Ethiopian state media reported.
The leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea met in Asmara last week and agreed to initiate dialogue and resolve the border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea.
Djibouti foreign minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf has hailed Saudi Arabia for its commitment to end the dispute between the countries over the region of Doumeira.
He also praised efforts by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia in creating a condusive environment to peace in the Horn of Africa.
“The Government of Djibouti highly values the mediation currently being undertaken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in resolving the crisis between Djibouti and Eritrea,”Mr. Youssouf, ” “And the peace efforts of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia have created an environment conducive to peace in the Horn of Africa.”
In July, Djibouti requested the Security Council to facilitate the agreement between the two countries upon a mutually acceptable means of peaceful dispute settlement’.