Ethiopian PM Announces Withdrawal of Eritrean Troops From Tigray

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced that Eritrea will withdraw its troops from Tigray, a decision that may signal an end to the conflict in the region.

“In our March 26, 2021 discussions with President Isaias Afwerki during my visit to Asmara, the government of Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces out of the Ethiopian border,” Abiy said in a statement posted to his Twitter account on Friday.

“The Ethiopian National Defense force will take over guarding the border areas effective immediately,” he added.

Abiy, a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize has been under immense pressure from the international community to end the conflict in Tigray which began in November 2020 and has led to several cases of human rights abuse including mass killings and rapes.

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