The White House says the two leaders discussed the ongoing conflict in Tigray and the potential for humanitarian action in the region.
United States President Joe Biden has spoken with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to discuss the country’s ongoing conflict and raise concerns about incarceration during the emergency, the White House said.
Biden also expressed concern over the killings of civilians in recent air strikes and reaffirmed US commitment to work with the African Union and other regional organizations to help resolve the conflict, the White House said Monday.
The US president praised Abiy for his recent efforts to release of several political prisoners, and the two leaders discussed ways to speed up dialogue to end the war, the speed of advancing humanitarian aid in Ethiopia, the White House said.
Abiy said on Twitter he had “true” conversations with Biden about “the crisis in Ethiopia, bilateral relations and regional issues”.
The government has announced amnesty
On Friday, the Ethiopian government announced the pardon of several leading members of the TPLF (Tigray People’s Liberation Front), whose troops have been detained during a state-of-the-art war by government officials in northern Ethiopia since November 2020, as well as foreign opposition leaders. The Oromo and Amhara tribes.
It was not immediately clear how many pardons were released.
This was a dramatic move for the government after the country’s Tigray war broke out in a new location at the end of December, when Tigray troops returned to their area in the midst of a military coup and Ethiopian troops said they would not make any progress there.
Ethiopian journalist, EBC, Jawar Mohammed and Eskinder Nega, who were arrested in July 2020 in connection with the assassination of a prominent Oromo artiste Hachalu Hundessa, who received a pardon.
Eskinder, the leader of the Balderas party, was released from prison on Friday evening.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that the attack on the town of Dedebit northwest of Tigray had “killed more than a dozen civilians,” according to the report.
“Associates have suspended operations in the area due to threats that continue to be hit by drones,” it said.
Aid workers and the TPLF say the bombing killed at least 56 people.
Tigray is one of the 10 most tribal independent states in Ethiopia, home to the Tigray people, who make up about 6 percent of Ethiopia’s population of over 110 million.
The ongoing conflict has killed thousands of people and has been identified by litany cruelty, including murder and rape.
An estimated 400,000 people are starving in Tigray, and millions are starving in northern Ethiopia because of war.