Head of State President Uhuru Kenyatta [photo: People Daily]
Dec, 21st 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday attended the 38th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
The meeting that discussed the diplomatic tension between Kenya and Somalia, ended in calls for dialogue to de-escalate the tension on claims that the two countries share a long history of good neighborliness. IGAD member states urged to assist Ethiopia in dealing with the humanitarian crisis as a result of conflict in the Tigray region.
The meeting was congregated by Abdalla Hamdok Prime Minister of Sudan who is also the Current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly. It was also attended by Presidents Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Mohamed Abdullahi of Somalia.
The meeting was also attended by Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) Moussa Faki Mahamat, with South Sudan and Uganda being represented by Vice President Rebecca Garang and Amb Rebecca Otengo, the country’s envoy to Djibouti respectively.
The host, President Ismail Guelleh in his opening remarks applauded the progress made in the search for sustainable peace and stability in the region despite the Covid-19 pandemic and other set backs such as desert locust invasion and floods.
Faki, on Somalia, urged Igad member States to help deal with the humanitarian crisis emerging from the conflict in its Tigray region. He also noted that the diplomatic tension between Kenya and Somalia was a concern for the African Union.
President Uhuru was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.