Horn of Africa leaders win award for peace efforts

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Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo

Leaders from three states in the Horn of Africa have been honoured by a US-based non-profit organisation for their efforts to bring peace in the region.

The three presidents, Eriteria’s Isaias Afwerki, Ethiopia’s Sahle-Work Zewde and Somalia’s Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, are the joint recipients of the 2019 Concordia Leadership Award.

The leaders have been involved in efforts to achieve peace in the troubled region, and to integrate the economies of the three countries.

President Farmajo received the award on behalf of Mr Isaias and Ms Sahle-Work at the 2019 Concordia annual summit in New York city.

In his address, Mr Farmajo said “I’m honoured to report that the wind of hope and peace is blowing in the Horn of Africa after several decades of insecurity.”

“I’m honoured to report that the wind of hope and peace is blowing in the Horn of Africa after several decades of insecurity.”

 “However, maintaining peace requires trust building, compromise, concession, understanding and commitment from all sides involved in the conflict.”

“However, maintaining peace requires trust building, compromise, concession, understanding and commitment from all sides involved in the conflict.”

Mr Farmajo, this year is attending his first United Nations General Assembly since he took over the leadership of the Horn of Africa nation on 8 February 2017.

He renounced his US citizenship on 1 August 2019.

He is the ninth president of Somalia.

 

Dominica Nwabufo