US envoy to travel to Ethiopia Thursday to urge peaceful solution

AFP , Wednesday 3 Nov 2021

A US envoy will travel Thursday to Ethiopia to seek a peaceful solution, as Tigrayan rebels advanced toward the capital Addis Ababa, the State Department said.

Jeffrey Feltman
US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman. AFP

Jeffrey Feltman, special envoy for the Horn of Africa, will hold talks on Thursday and Friday to urge "all Ethiopians to commit to peace and resolution of grievances through dialogue," a State Department spokesperson said.

Earlier today, Feltman, said Washington had directly warned TPLF leaders not to advance on the capital and instead to pursue talks.

He voiced exasperation at allegations in Addis Ababa that the United States is seeking to overthrow Abiy and install a government along the lines of late strongman Meles Zenawi, a former TPLF chairman.

"That is just not true," Feltman said.

Late on Tuesday, the Ethiopian authorities ordered residents of the capital to register their firearms as state-affiliated media announced a nationwide state of emergency and ordered residents of Addis Ababa to prepare to defend their neighbourhoods. 

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