Eritrea’s neighbours say they are still considering its request to rejoin the East African body, Igad, after initially saying they welcomed its bid to end years of isolation. IGAD’s Executive Secretary, Mahboub Maalim, told the BBC that the process of rejoining the regional body was in the “very early, preliminary stages“.
Eritrea is under UN sanctions for its alleged support of Somalia’s al-Shabab. Analysts say rejoining Igad could be aimed at avoiding more sanctions. Being a member of Igad (Inter-Governmental Authority on Development) would give it more diplomatic clout to resist moves to tighten measures. Continue reading Ethiopia Blocks Eritrea’s Return to IGAD; Circulating Draft Resolution for More Sanction