The Executive Secretary, Eng. Mahboub Maalim, paid a courtesy visit to the President of Somalia, Sh. Sharif Sh. Ahmed. Eng. Maalim congratulated the new Somali President and assured the support of IGAD in the rebuilding of the country.
The Executive Secretary also met with the Prime Minister of Somalia, Mr. Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke and exchanged views on the region and Somalia in particular.
On February 13, 2009, Sh. Sharif Sh. Ahmed nominated the Prime Minister at a ceremony in Djibouti, the Republic of Djibouti. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Sharmarke pledged to work hard to reconcile and unite his nation.
The Executive Secretary has paid a working visit to the office of Djibouti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mahmoud Ali Youssouf. The officials exchanged wide-ranging views including the preparation of the upcoming meeting of the IGAD Council of Ministers to be held in Djibouti.
The Executive Secretary received the Minister of Women, Development and Family Affairs Hon. Dr. Fahma Ahmed Nur where both have called for a greater cooperation. The role of women in development and social services were among issues discussed.
The Executive Secretary, Eng. Mahboub Maalim received H.E. Dr. Claas Dieter Knoop; Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia, Heike Dettmann; Counsellor of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia and Col. Jens Ronneburg, Defense Attaché of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to Ethiopia. The parties discussed about development projects and other areas of mutual interest.