Addis Ababa, September 14, 2018 (FBC) -The wind of change blowing across the Horn of Africa has rekindled a new sense of hope and optimism for regional peace and stability, said Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie, Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the UN.
He made the remark at the United Nations Security Council’s briefing session held on the situation in Somalia yesterday based on the 90 day’s report of the Secretary General.
In his statement, Ambassador Taye said “we are having this discussion today against the backdrop of significant and important developments in the Horn of Africa.”
“My Prime Minister (Dr Abiy Ahmed) undertook his first official visit to Mogadishu in June. The outcome demonstrated the strong commitment of both Ethiopia and Somalia to raise their relations to a new level.”
“The subsequent visit of President Mohamed Abdullahi to Asmara for the first time also heralded a new era between Somalia and Eritrea with the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.”
“The Trilateral Summit between Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia which took place in Asmara early this month and the subsequent visit by the Foreign Ministers of the three countries to Djibouti had also led the way for the opening of a new chapter in the relations between Djibouti and Eritrea.”
“Over the last few months we have seen reconciliation and the start of processes of normalization between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Djibouti, Sudan and Somalia.”
“The restoration of peace between and among the members of our region is already providing for the possibility of extended economic integration and a wider political response.”