Turkey ready to support any initiative to end conflict in Ethiopia: FM Çavuşoğlu

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu discussed the situation in Ethiopia in a phone call with his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen on Friday, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

Citing anonymous diplomatic sources, Anadolu reported that Çavuşoğlu informed Mekonnen that Turkey is ready to support any initiative to end the ongoing conflict in the African country through dialogue.

The Ethiopian government is currently fighting the rebel Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) in a very violent conflict that is destabilising the country.

The Turkish Embassy in the capital Addis Ababa called on Turkish citizens in the country to leave earlier this week.

In August, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Ankara and met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and signed a military cooperation agreement.

In October, Reuters reported that Ethiopia had requested to buy armed Bayraktar TB2 drones from Turkey.

It’s unclear if Turkey has sold any of these drones or other weapons to Ethiopia. However, as the Guardian reported earlier this month, Tigray forces did uncover a fragment of a Turkish-built laser-guided bomb compatible with the TB2 drones that suggests Turkish-made weapons are being used by the Ethiopian government in this conflict.

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