(ION) Abiy Ahmed Ali asks for help in dealing with Eritrea
Posted by: Semere Asmelash
Date: Friday, 01 June 2018
ETHIOPIATHE INDIAN OCEAN NEWSLETTER ISSUE 1475 DATED 01/06/2018
Abiy Ahmed Ali asks for help in dealing with Eritrea
On 19 May, the Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali took advantage of his official visit to Saudi Arabia to ask the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to use his country's influence with the Eritrean president Issayas Afeworki to help him kick-start peace negotiations with his north-eastern neighbour. Abiy Ahmed Ali promised the crown prince that Ethiopia will respect the Algiers accord if the Asmara regime agrees to broach other subjects. In response to a question on the conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea at a gathering of the Tigrayan community at the palace on 22 May, the prime minister asserted that Saudi Arabia and the United States would soon be helping him to resolve the issue.