In a final communiqué following the meeting, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom said that the IGAD ministers vowed to support Somalia in defeating al-Shabaab militant group.
Adhanom, whose country is the current chair of the Djibouti-based IGAD, said that Somalia has made great headway on all fronts, making it possible for the IGAD member states to meet in capital Mogadishu for the first time in 30 years.
According to the final statement, participants in Saturday’s meeting condemned Al-Shabaab’s recent attack on the African Union in Somalia (AMISOM)’s largest base in the capital, which left at least five troops dead, and its continued targeting of civilians.
At a press conference following the meeting, Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud announced that his country will host a summit for IGAD leaders later this year.
Mohamoud said that holding such regional meetings in Mogadishu reflects the achievements made by Somalia over the past years.
Saturday’s summit was the first of its kind to be held in fractious Somalia since 1985, when Mogadishu last hosted an IGAD summit.
Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.