President Kaguta Museveni is in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for 33rd Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Summit.
South Sudan parties Salva Kiir and Riek Machar signed the last revitalised peace agreement at the summit.
The 33rd IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government was preceded by a significant meeting of the 65th Extra Ordinary Session of IGAD Council of Ministers.
The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) headquartered in Addis Ababa, said it was honoured to host the historic meeting of IGAD led by Ethiopia, which saw the signing of a revitalised peace treaty between South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, ending a five-year debilitating war.
Mahboub Maalim is a Somali diplomat from Kenya and the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development in his welcoming remarks said: “if honey can kill as well as poison, why use poison?”
He emphasised the need for reconciliation between brothers than the use of violence.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Workneh Gebeyehu, said the IGAD will do all it can for the success of South Sudan peace deal.
Present at the meeting were Foreign Ministers of, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda, as well as representatives of the AU Commission, the UN, and IGAD partners.
Stating that the South Sudan’s peace process is progressing well, Dr Workneh commended efforts of the conflicting parties to resolve their problem.
He reiterated that the IGAD, in partnership with other stakeholders, will continue to work of the success of the peace process.