Abiy Holds Talks with Leaders of European Council, UN

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held a bilateral discussion with the president of the European Council Charles Michel on the progress of the peace process in northern Ethiopia.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the African Union leaders’ summit held over the weekend in Addis Ababa.

“Our discussions focused on progress by the government on the peace agreement, development endeavors, and Ethiopia-EU relations,” PM Abiy noted.

President of the EU Council, on his part, said the “Good talks” covered the broader EU-Ethiopia relations, said in a tweet.

In a tweet, Charles said he also “reiterated the EU’s support for the implementation of the agreement for lasting peace through the Cassesion of hostilities agreement”.

The peace deal was signed between the federal government and the TPLF last November, ending a two-year conflict in northern Ethiopia.

The peace process was also a subject of discussion when Abiy and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres met Saturday on the margins of the AU Summit.

Abiy and Guterres exchanged views on the progress of the peace process in the north.

“We’ve discussed progress on the peace agreement,” Abiy said, as well as “how to further enhance the UN’s support to Ethiopia.”

In Addis Ababa, Guterres announced “the largest-ever” allocation of funds for global humanitarian needs from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF).

“Around the world today, 339 million people are in need of humanitarian aid,” said UN Secretary-General, announcing the $250 million Fund.

The fund “will support vulnerable people in some of the most forgotten crises around the world — including those at risk of famine in Africa,” he said.