President Uhuru Kenyatta with Ethiopian Delegates [photo: The Star]
Nov, 17th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged parties involved in the ongoing internal conflict in Ethiopia to find peaceful means to end the crisis. The President cautioned against a full blown conflict in the country, saying Kenya and Ethiopia have for long served as anchor states for regional peace and stability.
He has urged the Federal Government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to de-escalate the conflict saying the crisis risks deteriorating gains made by Ethiopians in developing their country. On Monday Evening at the State House Nairobi, the President spoke to Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen who paid him a visit.
Mr. Mekonnen also delivered a special message to Mr. Kenyatta from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and briefed him on the political and security situation in Ethiopia. President Kenyatta urged the parties to prioritize humanitarian needs of local populations by opening up corridors for essential supplies.
Accompanying the President to the meeting were Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, her CAS Ababu Namwamba and Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua.
Ethiopian delegation included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Woineshet Tadesse and the country’s Ambassador to Kenya, Meles Alem.
Earlier, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had accused his foes of committing atrocities during a week of fighting that threatened to destabilize the Horn of Africa. There has been tension between the Ethiopia’s government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front
(TPLF) which controls Tigray, the country’s northernmost state which has escalated into military clashes including air strikes by federal forces.
As a result of these clashes, thousands of civilians have fled the country to seek refuge in neighboring countries.