US special envoy to visit Ethiopia this week

The US special envoy for the horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, will travel to Ethiopia this week to hold talks with the authorities about the ongoing civil war.

The US State Department said that Feltman was “to engage with senior officials regarding the prospects for a broader peace”. The rebels have in recent times withdraw to their stronghold Tigray region in the north of Ethiopia.

The Ethiopian government said its troops would not pursue the rebels into the region.

“We do believe this offers an opportunity for both sides to halt combat operations and come to the negotiating table,” said State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

The special envoy’s visit comes after the US removed trade privileges for Ethiopia over rights abuse claims.


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