East Africa ministers meet in Somalia for peace push

A Somalis soldier patrols near the wreckage of cars after a suicide car bomb blast on January 4, 2015 in MogadishuEast African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu on Saturday to push peace efforts in war-torn Somalia, the first time the regional bloc has met in the country for almost three decades. Ministers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda — who have contributed troops to the 22,000-strong African Union force in Somalia — all took part in the one-day meeting, organised by the regional IGAD bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. Held in a heavily guarded hotel near the main government district in Mogadishu, it was one of the largest and highest profile meetings in the capital for years.

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