IGAD head of states are in Mogadishu for the 28th session of the extra- ordinary meeting.
The meeting is the first high profile international forum held in Somalia since 1986 regional meeting.
Somali National Army has welcomed the leaders with guard of honor upon arrival at Aden Abdulle International Airport.
Traditional dancers also entertained the guests with Somali traditional dance.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud who is hosting the meeting has welcomed the leaders at the venue near highly fortified Mogadishu International Airport.
Somali Foreign Ministry has confirmed that Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir not attending but Khartoum ambassador to Somalia will be representing.
Also sources said Djibouti President Plane developed mechanical problem and could not land but expected to arrive for the meeting.
Security, elections and regional development top at the agenda in the one day meeting.
Heads of state and government arrived in #Mogadishu to attend the #IGAD summit.
Somalia is moving forward .#IGADMog2016 #Somalia #Somali
— Foreign Affairs (@MofaSomalia) September 13, 2016
President @UKenyatta has arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu for #IGADMog2016 focusing on Somalia and S.Sudan pic.twitter.com/jWgETsyIt2
— Manoah Esipisu MBS (@MEsipisu) September 13, 2016
#BREAKING #IGAD Head of States Meeting Kicks off in #Mogadishu #IGADMog2016
— Somalia Live Update (@HassanIstiila) September 13, 2016
By Hassan Istiila