The Wind of Change Blowing Across the Horn Rekindled a New Hope for Regional Peace

New York  September 14/2018 The wind of change blowing across the Horn of Africa has rekindled a new sense of hope and optimism for regional peace and stability, Ambassador Taye Atske Selassie said.

Ambassador Taye, Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, made the statement on Thursday at the Security Council’s briefing session on the situation in Somalia.

He stated that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed undertook his first official visit to Mogadishu in June in which 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 heralded a new era of diplomatic relations between Somalia and Eritrea, he pointed out.

“The Trilateral Summit between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia 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,” Ambassador Taye added.

He noted that “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.”

Moreover, signing the finally revitalized peace agreement by South Sudanese parties at the Extraordinary Summit of IGAD Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa underlines that the wind of change blowing across the Horn of Africa has rekindled a new sense of hope and optimism for regional peace and stability, he stressed.