Newly appointed US Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman will travel to Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Sudan from May 4-May 13, State Department has said.
During the visits, Feltman will hold meetings with officials from the respective governments as well as the United Nations and the African Union. He will also meet with political stakeholders and humanitarian organizations.
“The Special Envoy’s travel underscores the Administration’s commitment to lead a sustained diplomatic effort to address the interlinked political, security, and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa, and he will coordinate U.S. policy across the region to advance that goal,” State Department said in a statement on Monday.
US President Joe Biden appointed the former senior United Nations official and seasoned American diplomat as special envoy for the Horn of Africa in March.
He was tasked with tackling the crisis in Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, and the instability in the Horn region.
Feltman is an expert in conflict resolution, a former top political adviser to the UN secretary-general and served as envoy of former President Barack Obama to several conflict zones.
He becomes President Biden’s top diplomatic troubleshooter for a region wracked by conflict and violence in the wake of a brewing civil war in Ethiopia.