Brussels February 12, 2014,Heads of Missions of the IGAD member states in Brussels have re-launched a joint IGAD forum at a meeting held today, February 12, 2014.
The Ambassadors of Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda and the chargé d’affaires of Djibouti met and discussed the urgency and necessity of forming the IGAD Ambassadors Group in Brussels. The proposal was put forward by Ambassador Teshome Toga of Ethiopia, in his capacity as the current chair of IGAD.
In its deliberation the group agreed to have a regular meeting and that Ethiopia as chair and Kenya as the rapporteur will be office bearers of the group.
The Ambassadors’ Group dealt at length on the need to co-ordinate their efforts in line with the priorities and decisions of the IGAD heads of state and government, and also declared to jointly promote the stand taken by the IGAD secretariat at various fora.
Regarding the frequency and venue of future meetings, the Ambassadors forum determined that regular meetings be held every month on rotation basis at a designated venue.
The initial meeting was concluded after a thorough discussion and identification of topics and venue for the next meeting. The group has decided to have the next meeting at the Embassy of Uganda on March 10, 2014.