Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, chairperson of the current session of IGAD, returned home Monday from Djibouti, where he presided over the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of IGAD Heads of State and Government.
The Prime Minister was received upon arrival at Khartoum Airport by Cabinet Affairs Minister Ambassador Omer Manis.
Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, the chairperson of the current session of IGAD, made a number of bilateral meetings in Djibouti on the sidelines of the 38th Extraordinary Assembly of IGAD Heads of State and Government that included President of Djibouti, President of Kenya, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Dr. Rebecca Garang and the Executive Secretary of IGAD.
The summit conference was addressed by Prime Minister Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk, chairperson of the current session of IGAD besides President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, Chairperson of the AU Commission Moussa Faki and the Executive Secretary of IGAD.
The summit conference issued its final communiqué, which tackled the situations in the states of the region and called for enhancing coordination among member states of IGAD concerning response to COVID-19 pandemic and mobilizing resources for warding off the pandemic in the states of the region in collaboration with the partners of the European Union, especially concerning provision of anti-coronavirus vaccines.
Prime Minister, chairperson of the current IGAD session, Dr. Abdalla Hamdouk had pointed out in his address to the IGAD summit that coronavirus pandemic and its negative effects on the lives and livelihoods of the peoples are still a common concern.
Dr. Hamdouk indicated that the long-term data and forecasts issued by the IGAD Climate Monitoring Center show an important paradox that must be paid attention to, which is that severe drought followed by large-scale floods is heading - albeit slowly - to become the rule in the region, explaining that these threats have great impacts on the future status of humanitarian, security and development affairs for IGAD countries.
Dr. Hamdouk called on the IGAD partners and the international community to double support for the efforts made by the IGAD to build peace in the region.
He expressed thanks to the president, government and people of Djibouti for hosting the conference and the warm hospitality accorded to the participants.