U.S. backs Obasanjo's peace moves in Ethiopia

Obasanjo, middle, with the TPLF leader in Mekelle, northern Ethiopia

Obasanjo with the TPLF Leader, Debretsion Gebremichae on Sunday in Mekelle, the war-torn capital of the Tigray Region

The United States has expressed support for the peace mission in Ethiopia by former Nigerian leader, Olusegun Obasanjo.

According to State Department spokesperson Ned Price, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Obasanjo on Wednesday.

“Secretary Blinken expressed the strong support of the United States for President Obasanjo’s efforts to mediate among the parties to the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia.

“The Secretary and President Obasanjo discussed the urgent need for a halt to all military operations, negotiations on a cessation of hostilities without preconditions, and unhindered humanitarian access.

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“The Secretary expressed his concern that the bellicose rhetoric on all sides of the conflict risks fueling intercommunal violence.

“The Secretary offered his appreciation for President Obasanjo’s continued work to find a sustainable peace for all Ethiopians”.

Obasanjo is the AU High Representative for the Horn of Africa.

His peace mission also has the endorsement of the United Nations Security Council.

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