Deputy PM Meets UK Special Envoy for Humanitarian Affairs

ADDIS ABABA – Deputy prime minister Demeke Mekonnen and United Kingdom humanitarian affairs envoy, Nick Dyer, held talks on a range of topics of “common concern in the Tigray region”, Foreign ministry said.

Demeke, who is also Ethiopia’s Foreign minister, received the visiting Dyer at his office on Monday.

The Ministry of forieng affairs said the discussion between the two officials “has covered a range of topics of “common concern in the Tigray region.”

During their meeting, Demeke thoroughly briefed the special envoy on the wide range of rehabilitation and reconstruction works in the region, including humanitarian support to those in need.

He said two rounds of humanitarian relief deliveries that addressed the needs of 4.5 million and 2.9 million people respectively were carried out successfully.

The third round is already underway, he added.

Demeke also spoke about the efforts that the government has been undertaking to address the needs of Internally Displaced people and expand access to humanitarians that operate in the region.

He also expound government’s move to address the alleged atrocities committed in the region as well as the efforts of various groups, including the UN, AU, and Ethiopian Human Rights Commission are undertaking encouraging initiatives to probe into the matter.

Initiatives have been underway to return the region into normalcy by carrying out dialogues with opposition parties, civil societies, elders, and various societal associations, he added.