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Ethiopia PM to Visit Kenya as Conflict in Tigray Region Rages

Dr Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, will on Wednesday arrive in Kenya for a two-day State visit.

State House Nairobi, in a statement, said Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Abiy Ahmed will tour and officially open the Moyale One Stop Border Post (OSBP).

“On the same day, the two leaders will visit Lamu County where they will inspect the ongoing construction of the new Lamu Port, an anchor project of the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor,” the statement added.

The statement made no mention of whether the two leaders will discuss the raging conflict in Tigray region in Ethiopia that has led to the displacement of thousands of people.

A conflict between the government of Ethiopia and forces in its northern Tigray region has thrown the country into turmoil.

Fighting has been going on for over a month, destabilizing the populous country in East Africa, with reports of hundreds dead.

Ethiopia has already rejected the African Union’s offer for mediation in the Tigray crisis. Leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, Sudan and Djibouti have all called for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, but refrained from directly calling for dialogue.

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