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Eritrea will rejoin, it's just a matter of time: IGAD Secretary General

Eritrea will rejoin, it's just a matter of time: IGAD Secretary General

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<p>The Executive Secretary of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (<span class="caps">IGAD</span>), Ambassador Mahboub Maalim says it’s only a matter of time before Eritrea is officially welcomed back into the regional body.</p> <p>It has been reported that Eritrea, which suspended its <span class="caps">IGAD</span> membership in 2007, would be rejoining at the Summit of <span class="caps">IGAD</span> Assembly of Heads of State and Government, held in Addis Ababa on Wednesday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the 33rd extra ordinary summit of the Inter-governmental Authority on Development (<span class="caps">IGAD</span>). The summit will, among others, deliberate on issues of the South Sudan peace process and Eritrea's re-entry into the bloc. <a href="https://t.co/AN8JCxl4lS">pic.twitter.com/AN8JCxl4lS</a></p>— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) <a href="https://twitter.com/KagutaMuseveni/status/1039922453663891456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 12, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>While Asmara reactivated its membership in July 2011, Eritrea’s representative to the <span class="caps">IGAD</span> Council of Ministers meeting in Addis Ababa in August that year, was informed that he could not sit in the meeting and was escorted out. </p> <p>Eritrea’s representatives have not attended <span class="caps">IGAD</span> meetings since. </p> <p>Eritrea, which has been at the heart of several diplomatic rapprochements in recent months, including normalisation of relations with Somalia, Ethiopia and Djibouti, was however conspicuously absent from the summit.</p> <p>‘‘Essentially the deal is done, we just await a pronouncement,’‘ said Ambassador Maalim, arguing that the joint declaration signed between Somalia, Eritrea and Ethiopia last week had all but paved the way for the re-entry.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Eritrea?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Eritrea</a> rejoining <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IGAD?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IGAD</a> wasnt discussed at the just concluded 33rd Extraordinary summit as many expected. Here's <a href="https://twitter.com/igadsecretariat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"><code>igadsecretariat</a> ES <a href="https://twitter.com/amb_mahboub?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw"></code>amb_mahboub</a> explaining why!. <a href="https://t.co/AiVCqe4jsM">pic.twitter.com/AiVCqe4jsM</a></p>— emmanuel Igunza (@EmmanuelIgunza) <a href="https://twitter.com/EmmanuelIgunza/status/1040103543020183552?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 13, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Eritrea has not offered an explanation for snubbing the summit, where it was clearly expected and had been drafted into the agenda.</p> <h2 style="font-size:16px;"><span class="caps">IGAD</span> on peace in Horn of Africa</h2> <p>On Sunday, <span class="caps">IGAD</span> issued a statement welcoming the <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/09/06/ethiopia-eritrea-somalia-pact-boost-for-regional-peace-devt-eu/"target="_blank">joint declaration on the comprehensive cooperation</a> signed among the three Horn of Africa nations.</p> <p>‘‘<span class="caps">IGAD</span> looks forward to the full normalisation of relations between all the countries of the region and the realisation of our shared aspiration for sustainable peace and development of the region and indeed the whole of Africa,’‘ read part of the <span class="caps">IGAD</span> statement.</p> <p>A top U.S. diplomat on Wednesday, Tibor Nagy told a congressional hearing, that while the country welcomed the normalisation of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it remained concerned about the latter’s human rights record.</p> <a style="font-size:16px; font-color:yellow;" href="http://www.africanews.com/2018/09/13/abiy-s-boldness-has-reshaped-ethiopia-holistically-top-us-diplomat/"target="_blank"><span class="caps">ALSO</span> <span class="caps">READ</span>: Abiy’s boldness has reshaped Ethiopia holistically – top U.S. diplomat</a>

IGAD looks forward to the full normalisation of relations between all the countries of the region.

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