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UN Security Council Ambassadors and South American Ambassadors briefed on current national issues

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Redwan Hussein, briefed UN Security Council Ambassadors and South American Ambassadors to Ethiopia on current and urgent issues in the country.

Explaining the situation in Tigray State, Ambassador Redwan said the government has taken promising steps to address most of the concerns of the international community.

In this regard, the issue of access to humanitarian assistance has been clearly and adequately addressed, he said.

He explained that difficult areas that were previously inaccessible are now being accessed by military escorts.

He said the government has also responded to issues related to visa extensions and licensing of communication equipment.

He said the government is still covering 70% of the aid provided to Tigray State, and called on the international community to increase its support to those in need in the state.

He recalled that the United Nations and the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission are conducting a joint investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the region, adding that the FDRE Attorney General is conducting separate investigations into the human rights violations and the results of the investigation will be announced to the media soon.

Regarding the border dispute between Ethiopia and Sudan, he said Sudan has unfairly invaded Ethiopian territories in the Tigray region.

Reminding that the borders of the African Union should be respected, Ambassador Redwan Hussein said it was unfortunate that Sudan had claimed the Benishangul Gumuz region.

In a statement on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, he said Sudan’s concerns had been adequately addressed and that Egypt, in a recent speech to parliament, believed the dam would not cause significant harm to its country.

“Ethiopia is ready for peaceful, free, fair and democratic elections,” he said.

He said 34 million voters have already registered for the election, which is higher than in the 5th general election.

He said it was “regrettable” that the EU had stated that it would not send observers to the polls, adding that Ethiopia was ready for further talks on key issues. They also expressed hope that the EU would reconsider its decision.

He thanked the ambassadors for the briefing and said the situation in Tigray, in particular, is conducive to entry into the region through simple notifications and it is encouraged that they be allowed to enter the region through visa extension and access to communication equipment.

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