The regional body Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has reiterated it’s unwavering support for an inclusive peace process in South Sudan.
This was revealed by IGAD Executive Secretary Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu during the 3rd State of the IGAD Region summit held on Wednesday in Mombasa, Kenya.
“IGAD will play important role in supporting an inclusive and participatory consultation process in South Sudan,” said Workneh.
He also lauded the efforts of the Somali government in combating the Al-Dhabaab terrorist group in a bid to stabilize the troubled Horn of Africa nation.
Workneh reaffirmed IGAD’s political will and commitment to resolve conflicts and disputes through peaceful negotiation and dialogue.
In addition, he called for peaceful solutions to the Ethiopia-Sudan border dispute, and also support for the Sudanese national dialogue that will pave way for transition to civilian rule.
Workneh said the regional bloc will dedicate more efforts toward tackling climate emergencies in the region.
“We discussed IGAD’s response to the global pandemic, climate change, persistent drought, pest invasions, and seasonal flooding that contributed to a dire regional food security situation,” he said.
“IGAD is committed to accelerating the integration of the region and maximizing the tremendous potential that the Africa Continental Free Trade Area holds for the region,” added Workneh.
Workneh emphasized the crucial role regional integration and unity play in securing peace and prosperity in the region.
He also laid out plans to build institutional capacities and the financial standing of IGAD.