December 7, 2022

Biden dispatches U.S. Special Envoy for Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman to Ethiopia, Djibouti and UAE as crisis in Tigray worsens

Jeffrey D. Feltman speaking at The London Conference on Afghanistan in 2014. Photo taken by Patrick Tsui
Jeffrey D. Feltman speaking at The London Conference on Afghanistan in 2014. Photo taken by Patrick Tsui

U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Djibouti, Ethiopia, and the United Arab Emirates from August 15 to August 24 to promote peace, the Biden administration announced on Thursday evening.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali

“Special Envoy Feltman will meet with senior officials in the three countries to discuss opportunities for the United States to promote peace and support the stability and prosperity of the Horn of Africa,” read a State Department statement.

The conflict in Ethiopia has continued to worsen in recent weeks even after a unilateral ceasefire was declared by the government of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on June 28.

On Tuesday, the Ethiopian government sent a national call for “all capable” citizens to join the military to finish the war in Tigray “once and for all.”

The call effectively ended the ceasefire and cast doubt that a political solution could be reached to end the devastating war which has left hundreds of thousands of people at risk of an unprecedented famine.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power who visited Ethiopia last week tweeted on Monday that the situation there is “not a crisis” but “a catastrophe.”

Power said 5.2 million of the 6 million people in Tigray were at risk of famine while rape was rampant.

This week, Amnesty International released a report detailing how women and girls were targeted and raped by forces aligned to the Ethiopian government.

Feltman, a veteran diplomat and peace maker, will be arriving the country next week amid all those challenges.

Djibouti is Ethiopia’s neighbor, which houses a very important port in the region, and is home to the only permanent U.S. military base in the region.

In Djibouti, Feltman might be meeting with officials there to use the port for humanitarian access into Tigray, while in the UAE, the Special Envoy would seek to enlist an ally into applying more pressure for peace to return in the region.

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1 year ago

Somalia, afganistan, Iraq, Libya and sirya. Do America made peace there?
Now its time for africa and you will not succeed here.
America is a threat for the world Peace.

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