DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (AP) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has travelled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a state visit amid his country’s ongoing war against Tigray rebels.
Ahmed arrived on Saturday and was greeted planeside by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They later attended an honour guard ceremony and held meetings, according to the Emirates’ state-run WAM news agency.
The Tigray war has been raging since November 2020. The war has shifted in recent weeks, with the Tigray forces retreating into their region after attempting to advance on the capital, Addis Ababa, and Ethiopia’s military saying it would not pursue them further.
That opened the way for fresh mediation efforts by the United States and the African Union, with humanitarian access a key goal.