Blinken asks Ethiopia to strengthen peace on first post-war visit

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Addis Ababa (AFP) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Ethiopia on Wednesday to “deepen the peace” in the country’s war-torn north as he moved cautiously to repair relations shaken by the brutal two-year conflict. The top US diplomat was paying his first visit to the longstanding ally since the end of the war in Tigray, which claimed 500,000 lives according to US estimates, and led Washington to sever trade preferences with Africa’s second most populous nation. As China and Russia increasingly seek influence in Ethiopia and around the continent, Blinken opened his visit by voicing hope…

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