ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Demeke Mekonnen held talks with Jeffrey Feltman, U.S Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, on current issues in northern Ethiopia.
During their meeting on Thursday, the Deputy Prime Minister briefed Feltman that humanitarian assistance flights have been allowed to enter Kombolcha and Lalibela, said the Government Communications Service.
About 369 trucks carrying aid were also permitted to enter Tigray, Demeke added.
During the discussion, the deputy prime minister also told Feltman that TPLF is still carrying out attacks in Afar and Amhara regions, causing severe human and economic as well as psychological damages.
Meanwhile, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Redwan Hussien, spoke with UK’s Minister of Africa, Vicky Ford, over the phone on the current situation, according to the Ministry of foreign affairs (MoFA).
During the discussion, Ford urged for a political solution to the conflict with the TPLF forces, both sides to take confidence-building measures. She also said the TPLF had to stop advancing the conflict and the Government should create an enabling environment for humanitarian assistance to reach the people of Tigray, Amhara, and Afar.
Ambassador Redwan, on his part, explained that several peace efforts made by the Government did not get through due to the belligerent attitude of TPLF, adding internally displaced people increased dramatically following the TPLF’s expansion of the conflict into the Amhara and Afar regions.
Regarding humanitarian access, he reiterated the Government’s continued commitment citing the engagements with aid agencies to resume humanitarian flights.
Appropriate institutions are also facilitating road transportation through Abala, Redwan said. He also stressed that the TPLF should return the more than 860 Aid trucks it has repurposed to military use.
Featured Image Caption: Demeke and Feltman The two officials held similar discussions during Fetlman’s visit to Addis Ababa three months ago. [Photo File]