American Envoy Feltman to Visit Ethiopia Thursday, Meet With Officials

UN under secretary general for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman, attends a press conference in Bogota on November 15, 2017. Feltman is in the country to analyze the progress of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia and to know the progress and challenges of the implementation of the final peace agreement. / AFP PHOTO / Raul Arboleda (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. Horn of Africa envoy Jeffrey Feltman is set to arrive Addis Ababa, the  Ethiopian capital on Thursday for meetings with senior government officials to hold peace talks, in Washington’s latest push to bring an end to the conflict.

The year-long war between the Ethiopian government and the leadership of the northern Tigray region, among Africa’s bloodiest conflicts, has claimed thousands of civilians and displaced millions.

American Envoy Feltman to Visit Ethiopia Thursday, Meet With Officials (News Central TV)

“Feltman will be in Addis on Jan. 6 for meetings with senior government officials to discuss peace talks,” the official said on Feltman’s visit to Addis Ababa.

Last week, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the withdrawal, and the Ethiopian government stating it did not intend to pursue those forces into Tigray, offers a window of opportunity for parties to come to the negotiating table.

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a December 30 report, that airstrikes in Tigray have been sustained, reportedly killing dozens of civilians, and no aid convoys have been able to enter since mid-December. 

The United States on Saturday cut Ethiopia from access to a duty-free trade program, AGOA following through on President Joe Biden’s threat in November to do so over alleged human rights violations in the Tigray region.

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