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Ethiopian government ready for talks with the Tigray forces

The Ethiopian government on Thursday announced its readiness to hold peace talks with Tigray leaders regardless of the date and venue for negotiations.

The security advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Ridwan Hussein said that they are ready for a dialogue to be held in order to end the long-term conflict between the Federal Forces and the Tigray Autonomous Region.

The federal government “is ready to talk anytime, anywhere,” and “talks should begin without preconditions,” said Ambassador Redwan Hussein

Hussein made the announcement during a briefing to Horn of Africa Special Envoys of the UN, the EU and the U.S. as well as to Ambassadors of the U.S., France, Germany, Italy and the UK to Ethiopia.

Addis Ababa insists that the AU leads the mediation.

While the TPLF, however, doubt the bloc’s neutrality and indicated their preference for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta adding he should lead the mediation and include the U.S., EU and the UN alongside the African Union (AU).