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Somalia Lobbies For IGAD Top Position
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Somalia Lobbies For IGAD Top Position

Somalia Minister of Foreign Affairs Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad has been holding a series of meetings with the IGAD member countries  top diplomats to boost chances for its candidate to clinch the regional bloc top position. Mr. Abdusalam Hadiye Omer is Somalia’s hope to head the eight member regional bloc since its establishment in 1996. Minister Awad has met Foreign Affairs Ministers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti, South Sudan and Uganda. Somalia is in a tight race with Uganda  to replace Kenyan Amb. Mahboub Maalim but glaring on its face is an arrear running up to $1M. According to a source at the IGAD headquarters in Djibouti Somalia chances are running slim after Uganda recently paid its arrears in the trade bloc to boost its chances of clinching the influential top position. IGAD Foreign Affairs Ministers  are to meet in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and top on the agenda will be the position of Executive Secretary. Somalia which is a founder member of IGAD is said to have arrears running up to $1M.