US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken expressed hope on Wednesday that diplomatic efforts by African Union High Representative for the Horn of Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo, will lead to an end to the war. in Ethiopia.
“I think all sides see the risks of continuing the conflict,” Blinken said in a press conference.
“In light of the important work in to which Obasanjo is committed – efforts in that we and others are committed to – we hope there is still a chance to step back and move on to a better situation, “he added.
He hoped to negotiate an end to the violence and “finally use the ceasefire to provide humanitarian aid and over time negotiate a more sustainable political solution”.
In recent days, the Tigray rebels have approached the capital, Addis Ababa, and joined other armed groups.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the army to Tigray in November 2020 to expel regional authorities from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which he accused of attacking military bases.
He declared his victory on November 28th. But in June, LTTE fighters recaptured much of Tigray and continued their offensive in neighboring Afar and Amhara regions.
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