US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the United States would help Israel strengthen relations with Arab countries that have established diplomatic relations with it.
Blinken appeared at the celebration of the anniversary of the signing of the so-called Abraham Accords. They were negotiated in 2020 under the auspices of the US administration. They concerned the normalization of relations, first between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and then Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
Blinken said Washington would seek to deepen Israel’s ties with Morocco, Bahrain, Sudan, Egypt and Jordan.
US Urges Ethiopia to “End Acts of Violence”
The secretary of state also released a communiqué on Friday saying that the US would not impose sanctions on Ethiopia over the Tigray conflict if “the acts of violence were stopped and negotiations to conclude a truce began immediately and without preconditions.”
“If the parties to the conflict take immediate steps in this direction, the United States … will be ready to support the negotiation process,” the statement said.
Fighting in Ethiopia began in November 2020 after Prime Minister Ahmed Ali sent an army to Tigray to remove the region’s authorities set up by the dissident Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). Thousands of people died in the fighting and hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their homes.
The war in Tigray is threatening with a catastrophic famine, inter alia, because the regular army and its allies have destroyed crops there, robbed food supplies and is trying to prevent agricultural work. The US federal aid agency USAID accuses the Ethiopian government of obstructing humanitarian aid deliveries to Tigray.
US President Joe Biden has condemned the human rights violations in Tigray for several months and calls on both sides to an immediate ceasefire.
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