Addis Ababa, December 29, 2021 (Walta) – Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken has discussed with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues of mutual interest, including the situations in Ethiopia and Somalia.
It was noted that, they agreed on the urgent need for a cessation of hostilities, unhindered humanitarian access, end to human rights abuses and violations in Ethiopia.
The Secretary expressed the strong support of the United States for the mediation efforts of President Kenyatta and AU Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Olusegun Obasanjo.
On Somalia, the Secretary underscored the importance of Somalia’s national and Federal Member State leaders concluding parliamentary and presidential elections immediately and free from irregularities that would jeopardize the credibility of the outcome.
The Secretary noted the U.S. opposition to the attempted suspension of Prime Minister Roble, and they agreed that all parties should refrain from escalatory actions and statements.
According to sources, the Secretary has visited Kenya, Senegal and Nigeria to discuss with leaders of those respective countries about situations in Ethiopian.
The U.S. scholars and politicians boldly underlined that if the U.S. is interested in to bring about a solution in Ethiopia’s current situation, it has to refrain meddling in internal affairs and supporting the terrorist group TPLF.