East African leaders discuss Red Sea security

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Leaders meet in 13th ordinary session of IGAD country heads assembly

Addis Getachew   |29.11.2019


Leaders of East Arica’s eight-nation security and trading bloc met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday, to discuss security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

During the 13th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) assembly of country heads, the leaders of six members discussed the findings of a task force on the region, which lies on key shipping lanes in global commerce.

The task force, established in an earlier foreign ministers meeting last February, had already indicated many challenges to tackle including illegal fishing, pollution, violent extremism, piracy, irregular migration and “ensuring the freedom of maritime navigation in the waters of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden”.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Somalian President Mohammed Abdella , Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh, Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and South Sudan President Salva Kiir attended the summit, were they also discussed the situations in South Sudan and Somalia.

In a speech, Prime Minister Abiy said Somalia had “come a long way from its difficult past”, adding that the region had made gains in numerous areas including a diplomatic thaw between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Meanwhile, Ethiopia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister and police chief Workineh Gebeyehu officially became IGAD’s executive secretary which was previously held by Kenyan Mahboub Maalim.

Leaders in the closed-door meeting are expected to vote for the next chair of the regional organization, to take over from Ethiopia.


  1. Chaltu,MD

    You are right watching the nephtegnas timkihitignas eventually will lead to serious psychological problems, not to mention the anger along with the gastritis or high blood pressure it causes. Amharas are showing their true nature’s lately, how backward barbarians they are .I sensed Amaras cannot talk in a civilised manner even amongst themselves. They always shout at each other with a tone of anger and hate which they think is normal. I went to their huge Thanksgiving party in San Francisco California few days ago. I couldn’t sit amongst them for 20 minutes because of the way they talk , me and my boyfriend apologized and left right away. We promised never to associate with Amaras anymore.

  2. Where was Eritrea in this? Red Sea security with out a country of several hundred miles coastline? I don’t get it.

  3. Ittu

    Eritrea is minding their own business, waiting for Badme to be given back to Eritrea per the Algiers agreement, the late PM Meles Zenawi signednthe agreement but failed to deliver per the agreement, Now Isayas said it is peace just so Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia feel safe plus Eritrea is not a member of the world Bank.

    It is so shocking how Ethiopia after 35+ billion dollars in foreign debt Ethiopia’s Human Developmental Index is only at 0.463 scoring 173 out of 189 countries.

    On the other hand the country with no foreign debt war torn plus sanctioned for so long neighbor country Etitrea’s Human Developmental Index HDI is at 0.440 scoring 179 out of the 189 countries.


  4. Dear Goorish,

    Thank you for shedding come lights in your comment. You know me by now that I have nothing but love for the industrious people of Eritrea. I wish them nothing but success in building their country. I congratulate you and your countrymen/women for developing that nation to such prominence.

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