Eritrean troops still in Ethiopia, senior US official says

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A senior U.S. official said on Saturday that Eritrean troops were still in Ethiopia despite having retreated towards the border, contradicting statements by Ethiopian authorities.

Eritrean troops fought alongside the Ethiopian army and allied militias against rebel groups in the Tigray region.

Last November, the Ethiopian government and Tigray rebels signed an agreement to end the conflict.

This agreement provides for the withdrawal of all foreign forces present in Tigray.

“As far as the Eritreans are concerned, we understand that they returned to the border and that they were asked to leave,” the United States ambassador to the United Nations told a press conference at the United Nations. occasion of a trip to Nairobi, the capital of Kenya.

However, she did not provide any evidence to support her statements.

The Tigray War, which began in November 2020, has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to flee.

The possible presence of Eritrean troops in Tigray was considered a major obstacle to the implementation of the agreement aimed at ending the conflict.

(Report Dawit Endeshaw, French version Matthieu Protard)

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