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Uhuru’s takes up his first assignment by President Ruto after leaving office


Former President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta is in South Africa for the first direct talks between the Government of the Federal Government of Ethiopia, and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

President William Ruto assigned the former Head of State a mandate to lead the peace talks in the region when he took office on September 13, 2022.

The former president snubbed the preliminary meeting in South Africa that took place early this month, saying that he was not able to travel due to personal engagements.

President Ruto said that his predecessor would help him bring peace to the region.

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The talks are part of the ongoing AU-led process to support the worrying parties to find a political solution to the conflict in the Tigray Region, which has been in place since November 3, 2020.

African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki said that the AU High Representative facilitates the talks for the Horn of Africa, and former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo, along with Mr Kenyatta; and former Deputy President Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of the Republic of South Africa.

Representatives of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the United Nations (UN) and the Government of the United States of America (USA) are participating as observers to the AU-led peace process.

Mr Faki expressed his profound appreciation to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Government of South Africa for graciously accepting to host the talks in the spirit of pan-African solidarity to find African solutions to African problems.

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The Chairperson was further encouraged by the early demonstration of commitment to peace by the parties and to seek a lasting political solution to the conflict in the supreme interest of Ethiopia.

He reiterates the AU’s continued commitment to support the parties in an Ethiopian-owned and AU-led process to silence the guns toward a united, stable, peaceful, and resilient Ethiopia.

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On Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken commended President Ruto’s critical role in regional peace and security in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa.

On the ongoing talks, Blinken said that the US welcomes the move to restore peace in Ethiopia.

“We welcome the talks beginning today between the government of Ethiopia and Tigrayan authorities. We call on the delegations to reach an immediate cessation of hostilities, the first step towards peace.”

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