Ethiopia fires back at US over Tigray statement, accuses it of interference in domestic affairs

Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed during the Bureau of AU Heads of State virtual meeting convened by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

Ethiopia has fired back at the US following its calls on the African Union and international community to exert more pressure on the Horn of Africa country over Tigray crisis.

In a statement a day after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made the call, Ethiopia government accused America of interfering with its internal affairs.

“… the attempt by the US to make pronouncements on Ethiopia’s internal affairs and specifically the reference to the Amhara regional forces redeployment is regrettable,” the statement by government Spokesman said.

“It should be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, which as a sovereign nation, is responsible to deploy the necessary security structures and means available in ensuring the rule of law within all corners of its borders,” it added.

It added that honouring international obligations and responsibilities should not be deemed by any entity as an invitation to dictate a sovereign nation’s internal affairs.

US asks AU, international community to put pressure on Ethiopia over Tigray crisis

Blinken had on Saturday asked international partners, especially the AU and regional partners, to put pressure on Ethiopia to address the Tigray crisis, including through action at the UN and other relevant institutions.

“We strongly condemn the killings, forced removals and displacements, sexual assaults, and other extremely serious human rights violations and abuses by several parties that multiple organizations have reported in Tigray.  We are also deeply concerned by the worsening humanitarian crisis,” he said.

Ethiopia, however, said it is taking responsibility for the safety, security, and well-being of its citizens and that it has made its position clear concerning human rights abuses and crimes committed in Tigray.

“It is in the spirit of this responsibility and holding a nation together from treasonous and divisive forces that the Federal government has been undertaking the rule of law operations in Tigray,” the statement said.

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