Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Minister Tedros Adhanom arrives with dignitaries at the airport in Somalia's capital Mogadishu January 9, 2015. (REUTERS/Feisal Omar)
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East African foreign ministers met in Mogadishu 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 -- are all taking part in the one-day meeting, organised by the regional IGAD bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.Leaders including U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon have visited Mogadishu in recent years, but important visitors rarely leave the fortified walls of the airport zone to travel on the dangerous city streets.Much of Mogadishu was in lockdown on Saturday.
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