Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan Al Nahyan, the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), played a prominent role in the first Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Quartet meeting on Sudan held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on July 10th.
Under the chairmanship of William Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, the meeting brought together key regional leaders and officials, including Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Djibouti; Dr. Benjamin Bol Mel, Special Envoy of the Republic of South Sudan; Workneh Gebeyehu, the Executive Secretary of IGAD; Amb. Bankole Adeoye, the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security; Martin Griffiths, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator; Molly Phee, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Mohamed Omar Gad, the Egyptian Ambassador to Ethiopia; Ali bin Hassan Jafar, the Saudi Ambassador to Sudan; Izzat Youssef, the Political Advisor of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF); as well as representatives from the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK).
IGAD, a regional bloc consisting of eight countries in East Africa, focuses on promoting peace, stability, and sustainable development in the region. The presence of Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan at the IGAD meeting highlights the UAE’s unwavering commitment to regional and international collaboration with African nations.
Participation in the IGAD Quartet meeting demonstrates the UAE’s dedication to fostering diplomatic dialogue and supporting efforts aimed at achieving peace, stability, and sustainable development in Sudan. By engaging in such multilateral platforms, the UAE reinforces its commitment to regional cooperation and underlines its role as a responsible global partner.