ADDIS ABABA – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday expressed “grave concern about the humanitarian crisis” in the embattled Tigray region.
In a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, the Blinken urged the government “immediate, full and unhindered humanitarian access to prevent further loss of life,” Secretary of State’s spokesman said.
The call is the latest this week that world leaders have held with Prime Minister Abiy. The PM has spoken with the French president and German chancellor, whose governments have reportedly expressed similar wishes on opening up Tigray.
The government has said it is reaching more and more people with aid, and it has privately told Biden administration officials that life is returning to “normalcy.”
During Thursday conversation, Blinken’s office spokesperson Ned Price said the secretary also reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Ethiopia’s reform agenda.
“Our support for upcoming national elections, regional peace and security, democracy and human rights, justice and accountability, and economic prosperity for all Ethiopians,” Price added.
PM Abiy appreciated U.S. Secretary of State Blinken “for commitment to support Ethiopia’s deep reforms that we will pursue undeterred”.
“Our aspirations to democratize and build a multidimensional prosperous & peaceful country for all will be enhanced through strengthened Ethiopia-US relations,” he added in a twitted message after the discussion.