ADDIS ABEBA – Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied claims that Eritrean and Somali soldiers have been involved in the fighting alongside the federal army against forces of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).
The government of Eritrea and Somalia already rebuffed reports that their forces were involved in the Tigray conflict.
Dina Mufti, spokesperson of the ministry, said that the government has seen reports about Eritrean troops that have crossed into Ethiopia to help ENDF during its law enforcement operation against forces of TPLF.
“We are also witnessing similar reports about Somalian soldiers participating in the same campaign. Both of these claims are false and unfounded,” he said.
The ENDF has a track record in supporting the peacekeeping and peace building efforts of the UN, let alone carrying out law enforcement operations domestically,” added.
There has never been a need from the Ethiopian side to request a third party involvement in the matter, he said, adding that the issue has been entertained by some circles that wanted to portray the operation as a regional-level conflict.
However, the ministry also said “regarding the involvement of Eritrean soldiers, in particular, it is expected and should not be surprising to see the deployment of Eritrean soldiers by the Eritrean government around its border areas with Ethiopia, given the belligerent attitude of the TPLF clique that had posed an imminent danger to the sovereignty of Eritrea by launching missiles to civilian sites in Asmara”.