In Khartoum, the 48th Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers begins
Today in Khartoum, Republic of the Sudan, the Council of Ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) met for its 48th regular session (November30).
Workneh Gebeyehu, executive secretary of IGAD, stated in his opening statement that positive progress in peacemaking and stability have been seen in the area. He cited the recently concluded peace agreement in Ethiopia, where IGAD played a crucial role.
Workneh said that it is undoubtedly a positive development for the people and government of Ethiopia, the area, and the continent as a whole.
The Executive Secretary further stated that IGAD is closely collaborating with Member States to address issues including climate change, drought, insect invasions, and seasonal flooding that affect food security.
For his part, Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, emphasized the critical importance of the region’s peace and security situation.
He mentioned how much the Ethiopian people valued the Member States’ unflinching assistance during those trying times.
A lesson about African solutions to African problems for the region and beyond is supported by the peaceful end of the war in North Ethiopia on the basis of complete respect for the country’s territorial integrity and unity.
The Deputy Prime Minister also voiced his worries about the numerous effects of drought and climate change.
Demeke then urged IGAD member nations and allies to work together to make concerted efforts to prevent the current challenges.
Later today, the IGAD Ministerial Council is anticipated to listen to a report on regional peace, security, and the humanitarian situation before issuing a press statement.