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US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

US Urges End to Civilian Kidnappings in Ethiopia

The United States Ambassador to Ethiopia has called for an immediate halt to the kidnapping of students and other civilians in the Amhara and Oromia regions. Last week, several students traveling from Debark University, located in Amhara region were abducted. The attack, reportedly carried out by militants near Gebre Guracha in the North Showa Zone of the Oromia Region, occurred close to Addis Ababa. While neither the federal government nor the Oromia regional government has issued an official statement, the families of the kidnapped students informed various media outlets that their children were taken by armed men. The US Embassy…
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Ethiopian Ambassador to US Resigns

Ethiopian Ambassador to US Resigns

Ethiopia's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Lencho Bati, is set to replace Ambassador Seleshi Bekele in Washington. The resignation letter submitted by Ethiopia's Ambassador to the US, Seleshi Bekele, has been accepted by Ethiopia federal government. Former Water Resources Minister Seleshi Bekele, currently serving as Ethiopia's ambassador to the US, has had his resignation request from his government position accepted, according to sources. The Reporter newspaper noted that Seleshi Bekele, who was not only appointed as Ethiopia's ambassador to the US but also planned to resign from the government structure to become a private employee, has had his resignation confirmed. Ambassador…
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Why US and EU Less Concerns About the Wars in Amhara and Oromia Regions?

Why US and EU Less Concerns About the Wars in Amhara and Oromia Regions?

The two-year-long conflict in northern Ethiopia, pitting the federal government against Tigray militants, culminated in a peace agreement signed in Pretoria, South Africa, under the auspices of the African Union. Despite significant international pressure, including from the United Nations, the United States, the European Union, the Group of Seven, and Britain, the conflict persisted until the signing of the peace accord in November 2022. As a consequence of the prolonged conflict, countries withdrew programs in Ethiopia, closed offices, withheld market opportunities such as those provided by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), denied approved loans, and suspended direct budget…
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United States Extends Residence Permits for Ethiopian Migrants

United States Extends Residence Permits for Ethiopian Migrants

Amidst the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia, the United States has taken a significant step by extending residence permits to Ethiopian migrants who have sought refuge within its borders. This move comes as a response to the dire situation faced by Ethiopians who had initially entered the United States on temporary visas, facing uncertainty and challenges in returning to their homeland. Initially, during the escalation of conflict in northern Ethiopia, the United States provided temporary residency permits for 18 months to Ethiopians.  This decision was motivated by the acknowledgment of the difficulties these individuals would encounter should they return to…
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US Urges Independent Investigation of Mass Killing in Merawi, Amhara

US Urges Independent Investigation of Mass Killing in Merawi, Amhara

The United States is urging an independent investigation into the mass killing that occurred in Merawi city, Amhara region. Last week, a violent confrontation erupted between government security forces and Fano militants in Marawi city, situated near Bahirdar, the capital of the Amhara region. The skirmish resulted in the Fano militants gaining control of Marawi city. However, following their departure, the national defense forces, upon entering the city, reportedly killed more than 50 residents, as reported by BBC. Residents reported that the National Defense Forces rounded up individuals from the streets and homes, subsequently executing them. Expressing deep concern over…
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US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

US and African Union Urge Respect for Somalia’s Sovereignty

The United States and the African Union are jointly calling for the resolution of escalating tensions between Ethiopia and Somalia. The recent agreement between Ethiopia and the self-independent Somaliland, signed just four days ago, has triggered diplomatic discord in East Africa, prompting various nations to address the issue. Somalia contends that Somaliland is an integral part of its territory, framing the agreement as an invasion. In response, Somalia has called upon the United Nations, the African Union, the Arab League, and other nations to support its stance. The United States has voiced its disagreement with recognizing Somaliland as a sovereign…
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US Urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from provocation

US Urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from provocation

The United States Department of State urged Ethiopia and Eritrea to refrain from violent acts. It has been a year since the signing of the peace agreement that ended the two-year bloody war in northern Ethiopia. In the statement issued by the United States regarding the first year of the agreement, it stated that the agreement not only stopped the war but also allowed displaced citizens to return to their homes and restoration of services that had been cut off. The United States welcomes the significant progress made on COHA implementation, including the establishment of the Tigray Interim Regional Administration,…
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US and other four countries urges to de-escalate Amhara’s conflict 

US and other four countries urges to de-escalate Amhara’s conflict 

US and other four countries announced their concern about the conflicts in Amhara and Oromia regions in Ethiopia The governments of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America are concerned about the recent violence in the Amhara and Oromia regions, which has resulted in civilian deaths and instability. “We encourage all parties to protect civilians, respect human rights, and work together to address complex issues in a peaceful manner”, the statements said. The international community continues to support the goal of long-term stability for all Ethiopians. Last week, US Secretary Anthony Blinken spoke with…
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Ethiopia’s Amhara region conflict poses a treat in East Africa- US

Ethiopia’s Amhara region conflict poses a treat in East Africa- US

US expresses its concerns on Ethiopia's conflict in Amhara region US secretary Anthony Blinken had a phone conversation with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Blinken said that, the situation in the Amhara and Oromia regions poses a threat to the peace and security of the region. The secretary also discussed with Prime Minister Abiy on the way to provide food aid in a fair way in the conflict areas. Blinken told the Prime Minister that the United States will provide full support to resolve the differences on Great Ethiopia Renaissance Dam through diplomatic means. Following the federal government disbanded regional…
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Kenya agrees to send 1,000 policemen to Haiti

Kenya agrees to send 1,000 policemen to Haiti

Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, is one of the most unstable countries in the Caribbean. Haiti is home to dangerous drug traffickers, gangsters, rapist and even the country's president was killed by gangs two years ago. Currently 80 percent of the country is under the control of gangs where extortion, kidnapping and robbery are openly committed, according to the United Nations. Following the UN's recent call to support Haiti, many countries are pledging their support. Among these countries, Kenya has announced that it has agreed to send one thousand policemen to Haiti. In addition to sending…
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