US calls Uhuru because of Ethiopian conflict
WASHINGTON – The United States has again called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta over the ongoing military conflict in Ethiopia, which has escalated to other states, in what has just started as a crisis in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. .
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday he had contacted President Uhuru Kenyatta, noting that an urgent solution was needed to defuse the crisis, which could escalate into civil war in the Horn of Africa country. .
Blinken noted that the conflict could destabilize regional stability in both East Africa and the Horn, adding that there is a need to resolve the issue as soon as possible. He urged the warring parties to reconcile.
“I spoke to President Kenyatta to underscore the US concerns over the military escalation in Ethiopia, which threatens regional peace and security,” said Blinken, who recently visited Kenya and South Africa. ‘West on regional stability.
“We urge the parties to the conflict to take concrete steps in favor of peace to preserve the unity and sovereignty of the state,” he added, in a statement which comes days after the states – United have issued a travel advisory to their citizens intending to travel to Ethiopia.
Already, the United States, France and Great Britain have started to evacuate their nationals from Ethiopia, citing the ongoing hostilities. Recently, the United States has also warned of possible terrorist attacks in the Horn of Africa country, even as the Ethiopian National Defense Forces [ENDF] intensified the fight with the Tigray Defense Forces [TDF].
Kenya has tried to negotiate the process, but the process has not yet been formalized. Before Blinken landed in Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta traveled to Addis Ababa for a few hours where he spoke with ailing Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Abiy Ahmed, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, has already joined the front line despite calls for a ceasefire. The Prime Minister accuses TDF, which has gained ground, of destabilizing the country and subsequently of sabotaging its administration.
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