Leaders from IGAD member states have convened in Djibouti City, Djibouti, for the 14th Ordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Djibouti in the morning today. The summit is expected to serve as a platform for leaders from IGAD member states to deliberate on critical issues affecting the region’s peace, security, and development.
The Assembly, which has drawn leaders from Kenya, South Sudan, Eritrea, and other IGAD member states, will also host representatives from the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union, and the diplomatic community.
The delegates are expected to discuss strategies for strengthening cooperation between member states, enhancing regional integration, promoting peace and stability, and fostering economic growth and social development.
Foreign Minister of Eritrea, Osman Saleh, arrived earlier today, joining other leaders such as Kenya President William Ruto, South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
The discussions are expected to review progress made in addressing the issues affecting the region and lay out new strategies for achieving sustainable development.
The summit is “critical” as it comes at a time when the region is grappling with several challenges, including political instability, conflicts, and economic uncertainty.