Blinken, US Secretary of State, commends Ruto for his critical role in regional peacekeeping.

President William Ruto has received praise from United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his crucial contribution to regional security and peace in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.
Blinken said in a statement published on his Twitter account that he spoke with President Ruto on Sunday.

“Spoke to Kenyan President @WilliamsRuto today and commended his critical role in regional peace and security in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa,” Blinken Tweeted.

Blinken also discussed the success of the Ethiopian peace talks with South African Foreign Minister Pandor.

He continued, “I would want to thank South Africa for their significant contribution.

The federal government and regional forces led by a party that once dominated national politics are at odds in Africa’s second-most populated country. The conflict has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths and millions of displaced people.

The African Union’s agency for resolving disputes was scheduled to meet on Friday to examine the crisis in northern Ethiopia and upcoming peace negotiations intended to put an end to the nearly two years of carnage.

Olusegun Obasanjo, the special representative for the African Union (AU), who is scheduled to arbitrate negotiations on the Tigray dispute in South Africa on Monday, was to brief the 15-member Peace and Security Council during a morning session, according to a statement.

The Ethiopian government said that it will attend the talks the AU had asked it to on October 24. The rebel leaders in Tigray have only reaffirmed their dedication to the AU-led peace initiative.

Since the AU’s attempt to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table earlier this month failed, there has been increased international pressure for an end to the violence in Tigray.

Since the AU’s attempt to bring the warring parties to the negotiating table earlier this month failed, there has been increased international pressure for an end to the violence in Tigray.

A truce was broken and help to Tigray, a region of six million people in need of food, medication, and other life-saving necessities, was halted in August when fighting began.

Combat has become more intense in recent weeks as Ethiopian military and their allies from Eritrea have taken control of a number of towns in troubled Tigray, forcing residents to flee.

This week, the government made a promise to retake control of airports and other federal sites from the rebels, raising concerns for stranded people and relief workers as well as international appeals for a truce.

The AU meeting takes place as the UN Security Council is ready to tackle the escalating violence on Friday.

The UNSC and AU sessions, according to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, “show the international community’s tremendous concern about the situation” and the necessity for an end to violence.

Additionally, he reiterated calls for the evacuation of Eritrean troops from Ethiopia and the restarting of humanitarian relief to Tigray.

According to the AU-focused Amani Africa think on Friday, the Peace and Security Council’s last meeting on Tigray was in early August, just before significant conflict started up again.

The AU was “widely viewed as responding inadequately to this scenario,” but the think tank said it had been “worked hard” to make sure the peace talks began the next week.

The earlier this month postponed negotiations were to have been mediated by Obasanjo with the assistance of former vice presidents of South Africa Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Uhuru Kenyatta.

That meeting never took occur, and logistical issues were given the blame.

The crisis started in November 2020 when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed dispatched soldiers to Tigray after the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the region’s dominant party, was accused of attacking federal army camps.

Before Abiy came to power in 2018 and dismantled the TPLF, the party dominated Ethiopia’s main political coalition for decades.

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