Eritrea has rejoined the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Information Minister Yemane Meskel announced on Monday, after nearly 16 years.
Meskel said the country resumed its activity in IGAD and took its seat at a summit organized by the seven-nation bloc in Djibouti.
He said the country was ready to work toward “peace, stability and regional integration.”
#Eritrea added that it believes a dedicated focus on development; a leading role in fostering regional peace & security; a synergetic regional approach to external relations; effective self-financing; &, fidelity to its rules are vital ingredients for IGAD's strength & success pic.twitter.com/ADSA0Ialml
— Yemane G. Meskel (@hawelti) June 12, 2023
President Isaias Afwerki suspended its IGAD membership in 2007 after disagreements.
Workneh Gebeyehu, executive secretary of IGAD, hailed Eritrea’s return to the bloc, saying in an official statement: “Let me take this opportunity to welcome back the State of Eritrea to the IGAD family.”