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The African Union (AU) has urged well-coordinated and inclusivity approach on how best regional and international actors could support the ongoing peace and normalization efforts in the countries of the Horn of Africa.

In its recent meeting, the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) deliberated on the situations in the countries of the region, namely Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and South Sudan, according to an AU statement on Friday.

The Council noted the complexity of the political, security and economic dynamics prevailing in the Horn of Africa which demand measured, yet robust partnership and engagement on all tracks.

The Council welcomed the sustained positive developments in the Horn of Africa marked by the improved diplomatic relations between and among the countries of the region, and particularly between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The Council also noted the positive developments in South Sudan, following the singing of the Revitalized-Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan, which is a significant step towards ending the devastating conflict in the newest African country.

The Council urged the international community to extend the necessary support to the implementation of the agreement, which will contribute to facilitate the processes of reconciliation and reconstruction in South Sudan.

Regarding Somalia, the Council noted with concern continued security threats posed not only by al-Shabaab and other emerging armed groups, such as the Islamic State, but also by ongoing inter-clan differences and militias.

It strongly underscored the need to revamp Somalia’s security and to pursue the implementation of the Somali Transition Plan and the National Security Architecture.

The Council also welcomed the bilateral engagement between Djibouti and Eritrea and called on the two countries to continue engaging towards finding solutions to the issue of missing soldiers and the border between the two countries, and the rapid normalization of their relations. Enditem

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