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The upcoming visit to Ethiopia by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has raised hopes for normalization and reengagement. Blinken is slated to meet with Ethiopian officials to discuss a number of concerns and introduce a fresh round of humanitarian aid.
The secretary of state will travel to Ethiopia and Niger between March 14 and 17, according to a statement issued by Ned Price, spokesperson for the US Department of State. The implementation of the cessation of hostilities signed between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the federal government will be high on the agenda. Blinken will also meet with humanitarian partners and civil society actors to discuss humanitarian assistance, food security, and human rights, according to Ned.