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26 February 2021 (DJIBOUTI, Djibouti): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) warmly   welcomes   the   agreement   reached   by   the Federal Government of Somalia and the Council of Presidential Candidates in a truly Somali-led and Somali-owned process, on various issues of concerns regarding public safety, security, rights to hold peaceful demonstrations and dialogue.

IGAD believes that this is a critical step towards reaching consensus on arrangement for conducting inclusive, peaceful, free and fair elections. In this respect, IGAD   commends   the   Prime   Minister, President   of   Galmudug, President   of   Hirshabelle,   Governor   of   Mogadishu   and   the   Council   of Presidential Candidates for their constructive engagement and prioritising the interest of the Somali people.

 IGAD encourages Somali leaders to continue in the same spirit and iron out all outstanding issues through dialogue, compromise and consensus building.

 IGAD   calls   upon   all   stakeholders   and   the   general   public   to   embrace invaluable gestures shown by the leaders in order to secure peace, stability and extraordinary promise of prosperity in the country.

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