Mogadishu:- The Somali federal government is preparing to host IGAD foreign ministers meeting in Mogadishu next week for the first time following decades of civil war and instability in the war-torn state.
Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is expected to open this historic session for the African ministers according to government’s spokesman Da’ud Aweys. Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti and South Sudan foreign ministers are scheduled to reach Mogadishu for the summit, the capital’s security has been placed on the highest terror alert and extra troops have been deployed to major roads to conduct anti-Al-Shabaab sweeps prior to the ministers’ arrival.
“The IGAD meeting here will focus government progress and ways of resuming anti Al-Shabaab operations in the Somali southern regions,” Daud Aweys told reporters.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa was formed in 1996 to respond region’s emergency crisis.