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IGAD Heads of State summit concludes in Mogadishu with

member countries renewed commitment to support


Somalia
MOGADISHU, 13 August 2016 - The 28th extra-ordinary session of
the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
Assembly of Heads of State and Government concluded in
Mogadishu, Somalia, this evening, with a declaration of renewed
commitment by its member countries to continue support towards
stabilizing the nation and endorsement of an upcoming electoral
process.
The high-profile meeting was represented by Ethiopias Prime
Minister H.E Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also the chairperson of
the IGAD Assembly, Kenyas President H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta,
Ugandas President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Minister of
Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti, H.E Mohamed Yousif
Abdelmannan and Sudans ambassador to Somalia H.E Mahboub
Mohamed Maalim.
In a communique released at the end of the one-day summit,
IGAD Heads of State and governments welcomed the Somali
governments commitment to a credible and inclusive electoral
process.
(We) encouraged all Somalis to participate in the 2016 electoral
process and hope that free and fair elections are conducted within
the timelines, the communique stated.
The IGAD heads requested the African Union Mission in Somalia
(AMISOM) to provide all necessary security for the electoral
process, which will culminate in a presidential vote on 30th
October 2016.
The summit condemned continued attacks against the civilian
population by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab and urged Somali

security forces and AMISOM, to expand their operations, to enable


them deal with the groups evolving terror threats.
Degrading Al-Shabaab is a key mandate of AMISOM, which
together with the Somali security forces have pushed out the
militants from all the countrys major towns. The joint forces
continue with military operations to flush Al-Shabaab from
pockets of territory it still occupies in Gedo, lower Juba and middle
Shabelle regions.
The statesmen appreciated the role international partners are
playing in providing financial, material and technical assistance to
the Federal Government of Somalia.
Somalias refugee situation was also discussed during the session.
The leaders agreed to convene a special summit on durable
solutions and the effective reintegration of returnees.
The AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM
Ambassador Francisco Caetano Madeira attended the summit, as
did the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General
(DSRSG) for Somalia Raisedon Zenenga.
The presence of the Heads of State in Somalia is a clear dividend
of returning stability in the country. It is an endorsement of
Somalias recovery and a testimony of the resolve of the Somali
people to imbibe a culture that promotes peace instead of
conflict. As AMISOM, we will continue to work hand in hand with
the Somali security forces to sustain the prevailing peace,
Ambassador Madeira said, in a statement issued earlier today.
END