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Ethiopia: Tigray Interim President Criticizes U.S. Embassy Diplomats’ Visit to Occupied Southern Tigray


Addis Abeba — etachew Reda, Interim president of Tigray region, (Photo: Tigray Television)

Getachew Reda, President of Tigray regional state interim administration, said a visit by U.S Embassy diplomats in Addis Abeba to Alamata, a city that is part of the southern Tigray zone but is currently occupied by Amhara regional state forces and officials “amount[s] to sanctioning” the illegal occupation of Tigray’s territory.

“Whatever the objectives of their trip to Alamata & other parts of Tigray illegally occupied by Amhara forces, their decision to publicly socialize-gifts& all-with illegal authorities does amount”Whatever the objectives of their trip to Alamata & other parts of Tigray illegally occupied by Amhara forces, their decision to publicly socialize-gifts& all-with illegal authorities does amount to sanctioning a patently illegal occupation of Tigray territory by extremists hellbent on sabotaging our overtures for peace,” Getachew said.

The series of tweets sent out by Getachew came as reaction to a visit on Wednesday by a group US embassy diplomats to Alamata. The embassy has not publicized the purpose of the visit by the diplomats, but it coincided with a rally in Alamata city by members of the Amhara community asking for the administration of southern Tigray to relocate to North Wello zone of the Amhara region; they also chanted slogans that their identity as Amharas was not negotiable.

The visit by the US diplomats stirred an angry backlash from several Tigrayans online.

Earlier today, Hailu Kebede, Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs at Tigray based opposition Salsay Weyane Tigray (SaWeT), said that “any official visit to the area with the help of the Amhara occupiers who committed ethnic cleansing is unacceptable & dangerous.”