Reuters Tiksa Negeri
The US State Department announced that Washington decided to continue suspending aid to Ethiopia in its security sector programs, after Secretary Anthony Blinken described the work in the Tigray region as “ethnic cleansing.”
“While the United States has decided to resume certain types of aid, including those related to global health and food security, aid to other programs and most programs in the security sector will remain temporarily suspended,” said ministry spokesman Ned Price.
He added, “Given the current situation in Ethiopia, we decided to extend the suspension of aid through other programs, including most programs in the security sector.”
At the end of last month, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called on the African Union and other international partners to assist in confronting the Tigray crisis in northern Ethiopia, condemning the atrocities that reports indicate that they have been committed there.
In a statement about him, he referred to “growing disappointment over the handling of a worsening humanitarian crisis by Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea.”
In turn, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed, in a statement, that “the statements of the United States on the internal affairs of Ethiopia are regrettable.”
She added, “It must be clear that such matters are the sole responsibility of the Ethiopian government, as a sovereign state, responsible for deploying the necessary security devices and means to ensure the rule of law in all its territories.”