The Council meeting was officially opened by H.E President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia. H.E Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmake presided over the closing session. The Council meeting was held under the Chairmanship of H.E Dr Tedros Adhanom, the Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and the current Chair of the IGAD Council of Ministers. The Council Meeting was attended by Ministers and Ambassadors from the Republic of Djibouti, H.E Mahamoud Ali Youssouf, the Republic of Kenya, H.E Amb Amina Mohamed, the Federal Republic of Somalia, H.E Abdirahman Duale Beyle, the Republic of Sudan, H.E Kamal Ismail, the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Republic of Uganda, H.E Asuman Kiyingi and the Executive Secretary of IGAD, H.E. Eng. Mahboub Maalim.
The Special Representative of the African Union Commission, the IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Somalia, the IGAD International Partners Forum (IPF) Chair and representatives of the European Union also attended the meeting.
H.E President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of the Federal Republic of Somalia welcomed the IGAD Extra-Ordinary Session of the IGAD Council of Ministers noting that this was the first Council meeting to be held in Mogadishu since the collapse of the Somali state. The President highlighted that Somalia is undergoing a fragile transition from a failed state to state in the making and that this period represents the best chance for statebuilding the country has had for decades. He noted that the FGS is laying the groundwork for its political transition through the realisation of its Vision 2016. The President noted with appreciation the role that IGAD members have played in Somalia both in times of peace and stability as well as during the difficult civil strife and today's state building process. The President concluded his statement by recognising IGAD member states’ strong commitment to supporting Somalia’s statebuilding and reconciliation process and looked forward to continued support and partnership.
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