The US is calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces in Tigray, north of Ethiopia

The US is calling for the withdrawal of foreign forces in Tigray, north of Ethiopia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the implementation of the ceasefire agreement between government troops and Tigray forces in the north.

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“[The] The Ethiopian Prime Minister and I discussed the urgent need to implement the agreement on the cessation of hostilities and to ensure lasting peace in northern Ethiopia, he said. Blinken said in a tweet.

In a reading of his phone call to the Ethiopian leader, Blinken stressed the need to immediately implement the agreement “including the withdrawal of all foreign forces and the simultaneous disarmament of the Tigrayan forces”.

Mr Abiy has already reiterated his government’s commitment to the peace deal.

The Secretary of State said the United States was committed to supporting the African Union-led process including its monitoring and verification mechanism of the peace agreement

Mr. Blinken acknowledged ongoing efforts by the Ethiopian government “to work for unhindered humanitarian assistance and restoration of basic services” in Tigray and neighboring Afar and Amhara regions.

Amhara and Afar regional forces, as well as Eritrean troops, have fought alongside the federal forces in wars against the Tigrayans.

On November 2, Ethiopia’s government and Tigrayan fighters agreed to end their two-year conflict.

The conflict has led to thousands of deaths and warnings of famine.

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