Egypt welcomes end of hostilities between Addis Ababa and the Tigray Front

Egypt welcomes end of hostilities between Addis Ababa and the Tigray Front

AA / Ankara / Yakut Dandashi

Egypt on Thursday welcomed the ceasefire signed Wednesday in South Africa between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray Liberation Front, after peace talks that lasted ten days.

Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abou Zeid expressed his country’s wish that this “agreement will help establish lasting peace in Ethiopia”, the statement said.

Abu Zeid stressed that “the restoration of peace in Ethiopia is imperative for the stability of the African continent”.

On the other hand, Abu Zeid conveyed Egypt’s thanks and appreciation for “the efforts made by the African Union to reach this agreement”, the statement from the Egyptian MFA reported.

It should be noted that the High Representative of the Union for the Horn of Africa, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, members of the Ethiopian Peace Process High Level Panel and members of the African Union Panel of the Wise participated in these peace talks.

Abu Zeid also thanked the South African President and his country’s government for hosting the talks.

On Wednesday, the African Union announced that the warring parties in Ethiopia have agreed to end hostilities after two years of conflict.

The war between Ethiopian government forces and Tigray fighters erupted in November 2020, after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (FLPT) attacked federal army bases stationed in Tigray, including the regional capital from Mekele.

Government forces have since been engaged in a confrontation with Tigrayan forces. The conflict has killed thousands of civilians and displaced millions.

*Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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