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Amhara, Tigray Regions’ Top Officials Vow to Mend Ties

ADDIS ABABA – Top officials of neighboring Amhara and Tigray regions vowed to mend their fractured relations as part of an ongoing push towards peace and reconciliation in northern Ethiopia.

Tigray Interim President Getachew Reda on Sunday traveled to Bahir Dar, where he held discussions with Amhara region’s President Yilikal Kefyale (PhD).

The visit was the first by a high-ranking official from Tigray since the war between the government and Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces ended with a truce last November.

During the discussions involving residents of Bahir Dar, Getachew said the political determination that brought the war to its conclusion has opened a new chapter to restore the relations of the two regions.

Now is the time to resolve differences through peaceful means and continue strengthening the people-people relations, he noted.

Yilikal too echoed this thoughts, stressing on the need to exert efforts to bring the ties between the two people back to its previous state. The people of the Amhara region stand ready to make the peace sustainable, he added.

The two sides also expressed strong desire to resume trade, transportation and similar other services soon, according to the communication bureau of the Amhara region.

Prior to his trip to Bahir Dar today, Getachew also met with mayor of Addis Ababa Adanech Abiebie in Mekelle and received over 510 million birr worth of support that businesses and residents contributed for rehabilitation work in Tigray.