December 9, 2022

Biden top diplomat Blinken discusses crisis in Ethiopia with African Union envoy and former Nigerian President Obasanjo

Olusegun Obasanjo
Olusegun Obasanjo

U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met on Tuesday with former Nigerian President and African Union High Representative Olusegun Obasanjo to discuss the crisis in Ethiopia. 

“Following their discussion, the Secretary, accompanied by U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman, hosted a meeting with High Representative Obasanjo, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, EU High Representative Josep Borrell, UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss, German Minister of the Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen, and French Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Frederic Clavier to discuss the conflict,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.”

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken participates in the UN Security Council Open Debate on Multilateralism

They also welcomed the close coordination between “the African Union and IGAD in pursuit of a peaceful resolution of the crisis.”

Jeffrey Feltman

Price added that the United States, the European Union, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom urged the parties “to immediately end abuses and enter into negotiations toward a ceasefire to lay the foundation for a broader and inclusive dialogue to restore peace in Ethiopia and preserve the unity of the Ethiopian state.”

Department Spokesperson Ned Price holds the Daily Press Briefing at the U.S. Department of State in Washington

“They also called on the parties to the conflict to adhere to international law and allow unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance to all who are suffering in Ethiopia,” Price said.

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