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Ethiopia and European Union Held Talks on Peace and Regional Issues

Addis Ababa, Aug 4 (Prensa Latina) The Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Demeke Mekonnen, spoke today with the European Union’s special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Annette Weber, about peace and the cooperation process.

According to the local Foreign Ministry, during the meeting both parties also discussed regional issues of mutual interest. Mekonnen updated Weber on efforts to consolidate the Pretoria Peace Agreement signed last November that ended the conflict between the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

She highlighted the implementation of the transitional justice process, the rehabilitation of the displaced and the reconstruction of the infrastructure affected during the war in the north of the country.

In this regard, he reaffirmed the government’s continued commitment to the full implementation of the peace agreement and urged international partners such as the European Union to provide support for the overall commitments.

On the situation in Sudan, he reiterated the position of Addis Ababa which, as a neighboring country, firmly believes in a sustainable solution through negotiations and dialogue and the peace process being owned and led by the Sudanese people.

Similarly, efforts to resolve the clashes in Khartoum since April 15 between the Army and the Rapid Support Forces should be channeled through the platform of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development under the auspices of the African Union, he added.

He recalled that Ethiopia currently hosts 70,000 refugees who fled the war and asked for support for the Government’s humanitarian efforts in this regard.

He also reiterated the commitment to consolidate peace and stability in the region by playing a positive role.

Source : Prensa Latina