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Ethiopia’s Abiy and Museveni agree on joint action

Abiy, who was in Uganda for a one-day visit, met Museveni today at State House Entebbe and held bilateral meetings whose nature was never divulged, according to a short press release from the Presidential Press Unit.

As conflict in the Tigray region extends to other parts of the country, President Yoweri Museveni met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali today.

Abiy, who was in Uganda for a one-day visit, met Museveni today at State House Entebbe and held bilateral meetings whose nature was never divulged, according to a short press release from the Presidential Press Unit.

“The two leaders discussed a variety of topics and agreed to deepen bilateral, regional, and international collaboration on areas of mutual concern. Part of the press lease states, “Ethiopia and Uganda have been cooperating in various peace processes in the region.”

“My gratitude to President Museveni for a warm welcome to Uganda and crucial deliberations on numerous bilateral and regional issues,” Prime Minister Abiy stated. I hope we can meet up again soon.”

Binalf Anduwalem, Ethiopia’s Head of Prosperity Party Main Office, Redwan Hussain, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussain, and Alemtsehay Meseret, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Uganda, were also present at the meeting. Foreign Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo of Uganda and Uganda’s High Commissioner to Addis Ababa Rebecca Amuge Otengo were also present.

Following the Entebbe meeting, Abiy traveled to Rwanda to meet with President Paul Kagame.

Ethiopian war history

Fighting erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region after the government accused the province’s ruling party, the TPLF, of insubordination.

The TPLF ruled Ethiopia with an iron grip for more than 30 years until Abiy Ahmed was appointed Prime Minister in April 2018 to succeed Haille Mariam Desalegn, who resigned following months of anti-government protests in Abiy’s home region of Oromia.

Abiy was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his reconciliation with Ethiopia’s arch-rival Eritrea.

His international reputation, on the other hand, suffered a hit the following year when he was accused of violating human rights while trying to put down an uprising in Tigray. The Ethiopian Federal Forces occupied Tigray for about eight months before being forced out by the TPLF around three months ago.

Fighting has already spread to adjacent Amhara and Afar provinces, and the TPLF has threatened to seize Addis Ababa if Abiy does not acknowledge Tigray’s leadership. As a result, his visit to Uganda to speak with Museveni raises questions about whether he is attempting to gain Museveni’s support.

Uganda has interfered in a number of African countries, both politically and militarily, including its neighbors South Sudan and those further afield, such as Somalia.

Binalf Anduwalem, Ethiopia’s Head of Prosperity Party Main Office, Redwan Hussain, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussain, and Alemtsehay Meseret, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Uganda, were also present at the meeting. Foreign Affairs Minister Gen. Jeje Odongo of Uganda and Uganda’s High Commissioner to Addis Ababa Rebecca Amuge Otengo were also present.

Following the Entebbe meeting, Abiy traveled to Rwanda to meet with President Paul Kagame.

Ethiopian war history

Fighting erupted in Ethiopia’s Tigray region after the government accused the province’s ruling party, the TPLF, of insubordination.

The TPLF ruled Ethiopia with an iron grip for more than 30 years until Abiy Ahmed was appointed Prime Minister in April 2018 to succeed Haille Mariam Desalegn, who resigned following months of anti-government protests in Abiy’s home region of Oromia.

Abiy was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his reconciliation with Ethiopia’s arch-rival Eritrea.

His international reputation, on the other hand, suffered a hit the following year when he was accused of violating human rights while trying to put down an uprising in Tigray. The Ethiopian Federal Forces occupied Tigray for about eight months before being forced out by the TPLF around three months ago.

Fighting has already spread to adjacent Amhara and Afar provinces, and the TPLF has threatened to seize Addis Ababa if Abiy does not acknowledge Tigray’s leadership. As a result, his visit to Uganda to speak with Museveni raises questions about whether he is attempting to gain Museveni’s support.

Uganda has interfered in a number of African countries, both politically and militarily, including its neighbors South Sudan and those further afield, such as Somalia.

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