FM says Govt Committed to Peace Deal Implementation

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen held talks with the European Union’s special envoy for the Horn of Africa Annette Weber on the implementation of the peace deal in northern Ethiopia and other regional issues.

According to the Ministry of Foreign affairs (MoFA) statement, the two sides held their discussion in Addis Ababa on Thursday, two weeks after the cessation of hostilities agreement signed to end the conflict in northern Ethiopia.

Speaking to Weber, Minister Demeke said that the Ethiopian Government worked hard to reach a peace agreement because of its desire to resolve the problem in the North peacefully, and remains committed to its implementation.

Humanitarian aid is being made available to the areas affected by the conflict, he said, adding that activities to resume basic services provision is gaining momentum.

In addition, he stated that the government will hold political consultations with the relevant parties to solve the security problems in some parts of the country, and discussions will be held on various agendas at the national dialogue forum.

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The deputy prime minister also appreciated those who supported the signing of the peace agreement.

Demeke also called on partners to strengthen their cooperation in the phase of implementation of the agreement and recovery of the conflict-hit areas.

EU’s Special Envoy Weber on her part expressed her appreciation for the historic agreement, stating that the European Union will play its part in the implementation of the agreement and reconstruction, reads the MoFA statement.

Weber later called her discussions with Demeke on the implementation of the peace agreement and regional issues with Ethiopia “productive”.

“Coordinated efforts toward lasting peace in Ethiopia are necessary and Team Europe is ready to support,” she said in a tweet.