Joint press release by the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)

Joint press release by the European Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Source: EU, Bruxelles, 22/01/2019 – 19:26, UNIQUE ID: 190122_15 Press releases Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers and High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini together with Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica met on the margins of the African Union-European Union Ministerial in Brussels. 22/01/2019 Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Ministers and High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini together with Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica met on 22 January 2019 on the margins of the African Union-European Union Ministerial in Brussels. During the meeting, the two sides strongly condemned the dreadful terrorist attack in Nairobi Kenya. The EU and IGAD welcomed the historic developments in the Horn of Africa with the normalisation of relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia, the tripartite agreement between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, as well as the engagement of Eritrea and Djibouti and Eritrea and Sudan towards normalisation of relations. Together, these provide major new openings for regional cooperation and economic integration. The EU expressed its readiness to accompany this process in close coordination with other actors. The EU also reiterated its commitment to the region as a whole and underlined its support to the IGAD cooperation framework while encouraging swift decisions on IGAD institutional arrangements. Both sides stressed their desire to consolidate regular dialogue between the EU and IGAD countries and focused their exchanges on peace and security, red sea and mutually beneficial economic cooperation. IGAD Ministers on their part expressed their appreciation for EU’s continued and constructive role in the region, welcome the initiative for such high...

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"The European Union is engaged like no other world power to support positive change in Africa." @FedericaMog opens the #EUAU ministerial with the @_AfricanUnion pic.twitter.com/ErDFLHUXZj — European External Action Service – EEAS 🇪🇺 (@eu_eeas) January 22,...

Background of Al-shabaab

Background of Al-shabaab Source: The Council on Foreign Relations posted on 16 January 2019 The Council on Foreign Relations posted on 16 January 2019 a background piece on al-Shabaab by Claire Felter, Jonathan Masters, and Mohammed Aly Sergie. 0 comments Labels: AFRICOM, AIAI, al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab, AMISOM, drones, Ethiopia, Islamic Courts Union, Somalia, terrorism,...

Rationale for Al-shabab Attack in Kenya

Rationale for Al-shabab Attack in Kenya Source: Foreign Policy posted on 19 January 2019 Foreign Policy posted on 19 January 2019 a story titled “Al-Shabab Wants You To Know It’s Alive and Well” by Amanda Sperber. The recent al-Shabaab attack on the commercial complex in Nairobi, Kenya was intended to remind the world that the terrorist group is alive and well and a far more important organization than its rival Islamic State in Somalia. 0 comments Labels: al-Shabaab, Islamic State in Somalia, Kenya, Somalia, terrorism,...

Stefan Löfven voted back in as Swedish Prime Minister

Stefan Löfven voted back in as Swedish prime minister The Local news@thelocal.se @thelocalsweden 18 January 2019 09:59 CET+01:00 2018 electionpoliticsstefan löfven Source: The Local, Sweden Stefan Löfven pictured during the parliamentary vote. Photo: Jessica Gow / TT Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven will return to his role as Swedish prime minister, leading a Social Democrat-Green Party coalition after parliament voted on the proposal on Friday. In order to pass the vote, for which The Local was present at Sweden’s parliament, Löfven required fewer than 175 of Sweden’s 349 MPs to vote against him. He received the backing of his party and the Green Party (115 MPs in total), while most MPs from the Centre Party, Liberal Party and Left Party (77 MPs) abstained from the vote, although one Centre Party MP voted ‘no’. The Moderate Party, Christian Democrats and Sweden Democrats all voted against. FOR MEMBERS: What does Sweden’s government deal mean for internationals? This result was expected after after parliamentary speaker Andreas Norlén formally nominated Löfven as prime minister two days earlier. Löfven is set to announce the ministers in the new government on...

Qatar donates 68 armored vehicles to Somalia as UAE’s role becomes strained

Qatar donates 68 armored vehicles to Somalia as UAE’s role becomes strained Source: RT, Thursday January 17, 2019 Qatar donated 68 armored vehicles to Somalia on Thursday, Qatar’s Defense Ministry said. The armored vehicles, delivered in Mogadishu, will strengthen the Somali state, which is battling an Islamist insurgency, according to Qatar’s military. The move is also seen as a sign that Doha is pushing for influence in the country with the role of its Gulf rival, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), under strain, Reuters reports. Somalia, a Horn of Africa country located on key shipping routes, has refused to take sides in the rift between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, a UAE ally. However, relations with the UAE have become strained over the UAE’s investments in the breakaway region of Somaliland. In April, Somalia disbanded a UAE program to train some of its...