Djibouti, 24 May 2019: The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Amb (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim this morning sent a message of congratulations to Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on his nomination as one of the 2019 recipients of the prestigious Spring Imperial Decoration of Japan. 

Mr. Desalegn is set to receive the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.
Amb. Maalim described the nomination as very well-deserved in light of Mr. Desalegn’s exemplary leadership in promoting regional peace and security during his premiership, and his capacity at the time as Chairperson of IGAD. Amb. Maalim added, Mr. Desalegn maintained very strong relationship with key partners who have been supporting peace efforts in the region including Japan.  

Amb. Maalim took the opportunity to praise the generous support that the Government of Japan continues to provide to IGAD’s regional peace and security programs particularly towards ongoing peace efforts in the Republic of South Sudan. ENDS.