Published On: Sun, Jan 29th, 2012

Salehi: Iran ready to host meetng to solve Somalia crisis

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Tehran(ANN)Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday expressed Iran’s readiness to host the second meeting to solve Somalia crisis.He

made the remark in a meeting with Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa Mahmoud Ma’alin.
Pointing to the first quarter partite IGAD meeting (Iran, Kenya, Somalia and IGAD) in Nairobi, Kenya, Salehi underlined the need for implementation of the decisions made on solving Somalia crisis.
Ma’alin, confirming Iran’s stance on establishment of peace, stability and security in the Horn of Africa especially in Somalia, expressed IGAD’s willingness to hold the second IGAD meeting in Tehran.
He also expressed interest in paying a visit to Iran.
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in Eastern Africa was created in 1996 to supersede the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) which was founded in 1986.
The recurring and severe droughts and other natural disasters between 1974 and 1984 caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Eastern Africa region.
In 1983 and 1984, six countries in the Horn of Africa – Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda – took action through the United Nations to establish an intergovernmental body for development and drought control in their region.
The Summit of Heads of State and Government met in Djibouti in January 1986 to sign the Agreement which officially launched IGADD with its Headquarters in Djibouti.
The State of Eritrea became the seventh member after attaining independence in 1993.
On 21 March 1996 in Nairobi the Summit of Heads of State and Government signed ‘Letter of Instrument to Amend the IGADD Charter / Agreement’ establishing the revitalised IGAD with a new name ‘ The Intergovernmental Authority on Development’.

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