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IGAD appoints Somali diplomat as spokesperson

DJIBOUTI (SD) – Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has appointed Somali diplomat to be spokesman for the regional bloc, the organization’s Secretary General confirmed.

In a statement, IGAD Secretary General Workneh Gebeyehu said Mr Sheekh will be the official spokesperson for the organization which brings together seven countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

“Nuur’s professional career has seen him engage with the full spectrum of policy and practice interventions at sub-national, national and regional levels with leading multilateral organisations,” Workneh said on Tuesday, referring to IGAD’s partners including the African Union European Union and UN.

According to the statement, Nuur worked as Senior Advisor at the Office of the IGAD Special Envoy for the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somalia; the bloc’s project to secure the waters of the Horn from security and environmental threats.

Mr Nuur, 51, holds an advanced degree in Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.

He has been in the fields of diplomacy for three decades.

Mr Nuur was part of IGAD’s mediation team for South Sudan and has recently helped establish the Task Force on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in 2018.

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