News: In Ethiopia Phee, Satterfield to discuss ending air strikes, negotiated ceasefire, release of all political prisoners & humanitarian access

1 min read
Assistant Secretary Molly Phee and newly appointed Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa David Satterfield. Picture: Agencies

Addis Abeba – During their visit to Ethiopia, Assistant Secretary Molly Phee and newly appointed Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa David Satterfield “will follow up on President Biden’s constructive phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy on January 10. They will encourage government officials to seize the current opening for peace by ending the air strikes and other hostilities, negotiating a ceasefire, releasing all political prisoners, restoring sustained humanitarian access, and laying the foundation for an inclusive national dialogue.”

According to U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary Phee and Special Envoy Satterfield are traveling to Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Ethiopia from January 17 to 20, 2022. “While in Riyadh, Assistant Secretary Phee and Special Envoy Satterfield will attend a meeting of the Friends of Sudan, intended to marshal international support for the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission to Sudan (UNITAMS) in its efforts to facilitate a renewed civilian-led transition to democracy,” the Bureau said.

In Sudan, “following the Friends of Sudan meeting, the Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy will travel to Khartoum where they will meet with pro-democracy activists, women and youth groups, civil society, military leaders, and political figures. Their message will be clear: the United States is committed to freedom, peace, and justice for the Sudanese people.”

The last leg of their visit will be to Ethiopia, where “the Assistant Secretary and Special Envoy will follow up on President Biden’s constructive phone call with Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy on January 10. They will encourage government officials to seize the current opening for peace by ending the air strikes and other hostilities, negotiating a ceasefire, releasing all political prisoners, restoring sustained humanitarian access, and laying the foundation for an inclusive national dialogue.” AS

Source link