U.N., African trade group reaffirm commitment to fight terrorism

The United Nations' Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) visited the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with both reaffirming their commitment againt terrorism.

Countries in East Africa face mounting political challenges, including radicalization, leading to violent extremism in the area through an influx of foreign terrorist groups threatening the region. They also face terrorist entities operating on the Internet.

"Terrorism poses grave threats to peace and security in Africa, and CTED and IGAD should continue to work together to meet those new challenges," CTED Deputy Executive Director Weixiong Chen said.

During the meeting, both sides discussed how they could increase collaborative efforts to curb violence in the region, such as sharing information between the two organizations, participation in each other's counter-terrorism operations, and outreach for financial support to instill counter-terror measures and programs. They also indicated that empowering women would be an important facet in  this effort.

IGAD consists of Djibouti, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. These nations form a trade bloc that is focused on development in the region and is based in Djibouti City.