US President Joe Biden discussed with the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed possible opportunities to promote peace and reconciliation in efforts to end the conflict that has been going on Ethiopia for more than a year.
According to a White House statement issued on Monday, Biden praised Ahmed for his recent release of several political prisoners.
The two sides discussed ways to accelerate a dialogue towards negotiated ceasefire, the urgent need to improve humanitarian access throughout Ethiopia, and the need to address the human rights concerns in Ethiopia, including concerns about the detention of Ethiopians under the state of emergency.
Biden expressed concern that hostilities, including recent air strikes, might lead to increased suffering and further civilian casualties.
He renewed the US’ commitment to work alongside the African Union and regional partners to help Ethiopians resolve the conflict peacefully.
Biden and Ahmed stressed on the importance of the relationship between the US and Ethiopia, and noted the possibility of enhancing cooperation on a large number of issues, and the need to make real progress to resolve the conflict.