Ethiopian PM hails Sudan's recent political developments

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ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday commended the recent positive political developments in Sudan as a source of satisfaction to Africa and beyond.

The Ethiopian premier made the remarks during the opening session of the 13th Ordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which brought together leaders of the eight-member East African bloc in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Friday.

"Developments in Sudan have recently been a source of satisfaction to all of us in the region and beyond," Ahmed told the meeting, which was also attended by the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, representatives of UN agencies, the European Union (EU), as well as representatives from the IGAD Partners Forum, among others.

"The successful signing of the political and constitutional declaration and the formation of the transitional civilian government to respond to the demands and aspirations of the Sudanese people is commendable," the Ethiopian prime minister added.

Ahmed, who is the outgoing chair of the regional bloc as Ethiopia on Friday forwarded the position to its neighboring nation Sudan, also highlighted some of the notable progresses that IGAD member countries have registered towards transforming crisis and ceasing hostilities in recent years.

"We have opened a new chapter in our region, where we are marching towards an encouraging path of peace and development together," Ahmed said, adding that the regional bloc, IGAD "has indeed been at the forefront in addressing conflict and crisis situation in our region."

"Today it's a source of satisfaction to note that Somalia has come a long way from its difficult past. We appreciate that Somalia is currently working to consolidate the gains made in recent years in charting a better future for its people," Ahmed said.

He also emphasized IGAD's "pivotal role" in addressing the conflict in South Sudan.

"We hope the South Sudanese parties will remain steadfast in their commitment to the full and effective implementation of the revitalized agreement that they signed in September last year in Addis Ababa," he added. Enditem

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