U.S. expresses concern over Tigray crisis to Ethiopian deputy PM: White House


FILE PHOTO: White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan delivers remarks during a press briefing inside the White House in Washington, U.S., February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan expressed U.S. concerns over the crisis in the Tigray region in a call with Ethopia's deputy prime minister, Demeke Mekonnen, the White House said on Thursday.

The two "discussed critical steps to address the crisis, including expanded humanitarian access, cessation of hostilities, departure of foreign troops, and independent investigations into atrocities and human rights violations," in their phone call on Wednesday, the White House said.

Ethnic rivalries over land, power and resources have ignited at several flashpoints before national elections scheduled for June in Ethiopia, Africa's second most populous country.

Fighting in the northern Tigray region has killed thousands of people and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes amid shortages of food, water and medicine. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said Eritrea agreed to withdraw troops it had sent into Ethiopian territory along their mutual border. Eritrea has denied its forces joined the conflict.

The State Department said on Monday the United States is looking into reports of human rights abuses and atrocities in Tigray.

The White House said Sullivan and Mekonnen also discussed the importance of continued regional dialogue to resolve disputes related to the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam, a giant Blue Nile hydroelectric project that has raised concerns in Sudan and Egypt.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In World

South Korea, U.S. show differences over Japan's Fukushima plans
UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times
At least 14 rebels killed in fighting with Colombian army
Czech minister says Russia row could influence nuclear station tender
France to impose 10-day quarantine for travellers coming from Brazil
Chad's Deby takes early election lead, partial results show
Russia and Belarus detain two Lukashenko critics, one a dual US citizen
Venezuelan paper ordered to pay $13 million to official in defamation case
IAEA confirms Iran has started enriching uranium to 60% purity
Czechs expel 18 Russian envoys, accuse Moscow over ammunition depot blast

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers