On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken discussed with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed developments in implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement in the country.
This came on the sidelines of the African-American summit in Washington, which began on Tuesday and will continue until Thursday.
“I discussed with the Prime Minister of Ethiopia the progress made so far regarding the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement” in the country, Blinken said in a tweet.
He explained that the two sides also discussed “the positive impact that full implementation by all parties of the agreements signed in Pretoria and Nairobi will have on Ethiopia’s recovery.”
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And in early November, the African Union announced the agreement of the warring parties in Ethiopia to a “permanent cessation” of hostilities, in the two-year conflict.
The agreement concluded last November 2 in South Africa provides for the disarmament of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and the resumption of aid delivery to the region, which has been experiencing an acute humanitarian crisis since the outbreak of the war two years ago.
The parties to the conflict also agreed to facilitate humanitarian access to “all those who need it” in Tigray and neighboring areas in northern Ethiopia.