Workneh Gebeyehu, former Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, has been reappointed for a second four-year term as the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The decision was made during the conclusion of the 14th Ordinary Assembly of the IGAD Heads of State and Government. Djibouti has taken over the chairmanship from Sudan.
In his opening statement today at the summit, Workneh expressed his concern about the ongoing crises in some parts of the region. He also emphasized the need to stop the violence in Sudan and called for a credible cessation of hostilities. According to Workneh, a prolonged conflict in Sudan would have severe consequences for the region and the world at large.
The IGAD is a regional organization comprising eight countries in East Africa, namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda. The organization aims to promote regional cooperation and integration, political stability, and economic development in the region.