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DPM Demeke Holds Phone Talks With Swedish Foreign Minister –

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Addis Ababa, January 28, 2022 (Walta) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen has exchanged a phone call with Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde.

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The discussion between the two sides focused on bilateral relations and current issues in Ethiopia.

Demeke spoke in detail about the peace initiatives the Government of Ethiopia has been undertaking, in particular, the recent release of prisoners and the proposed dialogue.

Despite the government’s decision to halt the advance of its troops to the Tigray region, the TPLF has demonstrated its intransigence by attacking adjacent regions, such as the Aba’ ala district in the Afar region, hindering the flow of humanitarian aid to the region.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister thanked Sweden for following a balanced approach regarding judgments on the situation in Ethiopia.

Ms. Ann Linde lauded the peace initiative of the government, pledged to support it, and expressed hope that it would pave the way for lasting peace in Ethiopia.

She reiterated that Sweden would continue to work with Ethiopia on development projects reaffirming her country’s support for the all-inclusive reform process in the country, according to MoFA.

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