Djibouti - IGAD : 46th Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Foreign Ministers
The Council of Foreign Ministers of IGAD Member States held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the Kempinsky Hotel in Djibouti, its 46th Ordinary Session under the chairmanship of Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Workneh Gebeyehu. On the agenda: the geopolitical and security dynamics of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. (Source ADI)
Also present at this 46th Session: - the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Mr. Mahboub Maalim - the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Djibouti, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, - Somalia's Foreign Minister Ahmed Isse Awad - the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sudan, Dr. Al-Dirdiery Mohamed Ahmed - Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Hirut Zemene - IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia, Dr Mohamed Ali Guyoet - IGAD Special Envoy for Southern Sudan, Dr Ismael Wais.
The deliberations were also attended by the ambassadors of the United States, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Russia, Turkey, and the European Union. At the end of the session, the Council of Ministers expressed its satisfaction with the presentation made by IGAD Special Envoy for Somalia, Dr Mohamed Ali Guyo, on the geopolitical and security dynamics of the Red Sea and of the Gulf of Aden.
The Council, recognizing the need for IGAD to play a leading role in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, subsequently adopted a collective approach to the problems of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden by strengthening regional cooperation and by creating a regional platform for IGAD Member States to promote dialogue with other stakeholders, including the AU and other international partners.
Ministers agreed to harmonize and develop a common position to protect the security and economic interests of the region, including maritime safety, migration, the fight against terrorism, the prevention of illegal, undeclared fishing and unregulated (IUU), and the pollution and dumping of toxic waste in parts of the waters of the IGAD region.
The IGAD Executive Secretariat has been tasked to establish a special working group of experts to study, revise and advise on the conclusions and recommendations of the presentation, as well as to define a regional action plan with a clear timetable.