President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged parties to the ongoing internal conflict in Ethiopia to find peaceful means to end the crisis.
The President cautioned against a full blown conflict in the country saying Kenya and Ethiopia have for long served as anchor states for regional peace and stability.
He urged the Federal Government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to de-escalate the conflict saying the crisis risks eroding gains made by Ethiopians in developing their country.
Uhuru spoke on Monday, November 16 evening at State House, Nairobi during a meeting with Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister who doubles up as the Minister for Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen who paid him a courtesy visit.
Mekonnen delivered a special message to President Uhuru from Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and briefed him on the political and security situation in Ethiopia.
While acknowledging the internal efforts being made to end the conflict, Uhuru urged the warring parties to prioritise humanitarian needs of local populations by opening up corridors for essential supplies.
On November 4, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced that he had ordered military operations in the Tigray, after a long feud with the region’s ruling party TPLF.
The President was accompanied to the meeting by Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Omamo, her CAS Ababu Namwamba and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua.
The Ethiopian delegation included Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Woineshet Tadesse and the country’s Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem.