Ethiopian PM in UAE as Tigray War rages


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has traveled to the United Arab Emirates for a state visit amid his country’s ongoing war against Tigray rebels.

Ahmed arrived on Saturday and was greeted aboard the plane by Abu Dhabi‘s powerful Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They then attended an honor guard ceremony and held meetings, according to the Emirates’ official WAM news agency.

The Tigray War has been raging since November 2020. The war has changed in recent weeks, with Tigray forces retreating to their area after trying to advance on the capital, Addis Ababa, and the Ethiopian army saying it wouldn’t pursue them any further. This paved the way for new mediation efforts by the United States and the African Union, with humanitarian access a key objective.

The Ethiopian government has sought to restrict reporting on the war and has detained some journalists under a state of emergency, including Associated Press-accredited independent videographer Amir Aman Kiyaro.

Experts say the Ethiopian government’s military appears to have been bolstered by aerial drones purchased from China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.


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