Khartoum - President Omer Al Bashir returned home yesterday after he took part in the summit conference of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
, held in Ethiopia.
President Al Bashir was received at Khartoum Airport upon return by First Vice President Lt. Gen. Bakri Hassan Saleh and a number of ministers and senior government officials.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Ibrahim Ghandour said in a press statement at Khartoum Airport that the summit heard a number of reports, especially that by the Commission of Monitoring and Evaluation in South Sudan and the IGAD envoy to Somalia prior to discussing the situations in the two countries.
The Minister pointed that the President of the Republic presented the address of Sudan at the summit, affirming that Somalia has now reached the recovery stage and that the country is now at the phase of parliamentary and presidential elections and needs support from its sisterly countries for building its institutions, especially the armed forces, security and police as well as the public services.
Concerning the question of South Sudan, Ghandour explained that President Al Bashir explained that Sudan is concerned with realization of peace there as the two countries had been a one state and that what affects South Sudan will affect Sudan.
The Minister pointed out that the meeting came out with specific recommendations, including welcoming approval by the government of the Republic of South Sudan of deployment of the regional force that had been agreed upon at Nairobi and Kigali summits, adding that the summit also underscored the importance of reaching a speedy peace agreement with all movements as well as the need to speed up extending aid to people affected by the war in South Sudan.
Ghandour said President Al Bashir met on the sidelines of the summit with heads of state and government of IGAD and they discussed structuring the IGAD. He also met the representative of the United Nations at the African Union Haile Menkerios and discussed a number of issues concerning the area.