Leaders of East Arica’s eight-nation security and trading bloc met in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Friday, to discuss security in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

During the 13th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) assembly of country heads, the leaders of six members discussed the findings of a task force on the region, which lies on key shipping lanes in global commerce.

The task force, established in an earlier foreign ministers meeting last February, had already indicated many challenges to tackle including illegal fishing, pollution, violent extremism, piracy, irregular migration

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