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Stage set for historic IGAD summit in Mogadishu

By Nep Journal Correspondent:


Preparations for a historic IGAD summit in Somalia has completed with the stage set for the first Major International conference to be hosted by the horn of Africa country in the last three decades.

The event will be the last feather in the weak western backed Federal government’s cap as the Country edges closer to the 2016 elections in October.

Mogadishu has been abuzz with increased security operations the past few days with major roads remaining closed ahead of the summit bringing together regional governments and States.

Security has been beefed up in around the city for the summit set to be held at a hotel near the airport.

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and other Federal government leaders have camped at the Aden Adde International airport to welcome the arriving dignitaries.

Local and International passenger flights have been cancelled from Tuesday until completion of the high profile summit.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development was established in 1986. It succeeded the earlier Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), a multinational body founded in 1986 by Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya, with a focus on development and environmental control. Eritrea and Southern Sudan are the other members.


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