Ethiopian, Austrian Foreign Ministers Hold Talks in Addis Ababa

ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has received his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, on Thursday.

The two have exchanged views on a wide range of issues including the current situation in Tigray and developments in the Sub-region, according to Ministry of foreign Ministry.

Demeke told the Austrian FM that the law enforcement measure in Tigray was effectively concluded.

The reconstruction and rehabilitation activities are now being undertaken, he said to ensure that the development challenges of the region are addressed and humanitarian assistance is delivered timely and efficiently to the people in need.

Government launched the law enforcement operation after forces of TPLF, the former ruling party of the region, conducted a deadly attack on federal military bases at multiple locations in the region on Nov. 4, 2020.

The government declared the end of the operation after the fall of the region’s capital in the hands of the federal troops on Nov 28.

But the fighting has left many people in need of humanitarian aid, according to the United Nations.

Humanitarian organizations are currently working in close coordination with the Government to scale-up the efforts in the provision of humanitarian assistance in the region, Demeke told the Austrian FM.

He said a new administration has assumed power. And it has contributed enormously to the positive developments registered in the Sub-region to ensure sustainable peace and development, he added.

Schallenberg called on the Ethiopian government to ensure that the humanitarian assistance reaches the people in need, and expressed the readiness of Austria to provide the necessary assistance to scale-up the work of humanitarian assistance and confidence building.