US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with leaders of the Intergovernmental Development Agency (Igad) of the regional bloc as part of his efforts for peace in the Horn of Africa.
Blinken landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya’s capital Nairobi on Wednesday morning (1:20 p.m. EAT) for a full in-tray of activities that will include a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta at the State House and later a strategic dialogue meeting with his counterpart, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs, Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.
Blinken had already announced that he would discuss peace and security in the region, climate change as well as questions of democracy and human rights during his trip to Africa. He is also scheduled to visit Nigeria and Senegal.
But Ethiopia has been the main focus of his attention.
After a year of conflict in the Tigray region, the leaders have made a call for dialogue and a peaceful solution to no avail.
The IGAD also faces another problem as the current chairman Sudan experiences internal unrest. The bloc is currently headed by Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu, an Ethiopian diplomat and former foreign minister. Other IGAD members are Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Djibouti.