US shows commitment to end Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis
The United States is committed to end the brutal conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region which has been ongoing for six months, the State Department said.
It also said the US would work to secure a ceasefire between the Tigray Defence Forces (TDF) and the Ethiopian army which is supported by Eritrean forces.
“The United States will work with our international allies and partners to secure a ceasefire, end this brutal conflict, provide the life-saving assistance that is so urgently needed, and hold those responsible for human rights abuses and violations accountable,” the State Department said in a statement issued after US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, completed his first visit to the region- travelling to Eritrea, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt between May 4 and13, 2021.
Feltman said he had held talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other officials, and that the country’s problems could be resolved.
Also, during his meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, Mr Feltman said Eritrean troops should immediately withdraw from Ethiopia.
The United States further pledged to work and support the resolution of regional crises, the establishment of a voice and accountability system, and the creation of a prosperous and stable Horn of Africa.
It also promised to show solidarity with the transitional government in Sudan and work with international partners to ensure that the conflict on the Ethiopian-Sudanese border and the Renaissance Dam dispute do not jeopardise the post-revolutionary process.
While calling for the immediate resumption of the suspended tripartite talks, “The United States will provide political and technical support so that Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt can reach a final agreement over the controversial dam Ethiopia is building on River Nile.”
The special envoy will soon return to the region to continue an intensive diplomatic effort over the issues in the region.
Edited by Olajumoke Adeleke