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US envoy Feltman heads to Ethiopia amid ‘opportune’ lull in fighting  

By Julian Pecquet
Posted on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 21:22

Ethiopia Tigray Crisis
Ethiopian military parade with national flags attached to their rifles at a rally organised by local authorities to show support for the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), at Meskel square in downtown Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (AP Photo, File)

The United States is dispatching its special envoy for the Horn of Africa to Addis Ababa to take advantage of a temporary lull in fighting that has rekindled hopes for a negotiated settlement to the conflict in northern Ethiopia.  

Jeffrey Feltman is headed to Ethiopia on Thursday for meetings with senior government officials to discuss prospects for peace talks, two weeks after Tigrayan forces announced their withdrawal from the neighbouring regions of Afar and Amhara.

The Ethiopian government responded days later by halting its offensive against Tigray, creating a rare opening for talks after 13 months of war.