ADDIS ABABA – The United States remains committed to advancing “peace for all Ethiopians”, claims its embassy in Addis Ababa, after President Joe Biden singled out the suffering of one region in the northern Ethiopia conflict.
In his address on the world Humaniterian Day, President Biden chose to highlight the suffering of one of the three regions seriously suffered by the conflict.
“It shows that the Biden administration is clearly biased on standing the sideline of the terrorist TPLF aggression,” according to the Ethiopian Herald newspaper report Tuesday.
The US Embassy, however, in a brief statement today said, “We remain committed to advancing the prosperity, health, and peace of all Ethiopians while reaffirming our unwavering support for Ethiopia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
The Embassy stated that over $1.5 billion in development and humanitarian assistance was planned for this year alone.
“We are ready to support the needs of all Ethiopians wherever they are,” the embassy added.
Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Tibor Nagy, also called President Biden’s statement “unfortunate.”
In a tweet, Nagy said it’s “Unfortunate that President Biden’s statement on World Humanitarian Day limits mention of suffering in Ethiopia’s Northern Conflict to only one region (Tigray state) since other regions have also been victimized.”
“Wording matters!”, added the Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa.