Addis Ababa – The delegates of the African Union to the Democratic Federal Republic of Ethiopia, His Excellency Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Former President of the Republic of Mozambique, His Excellency Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of the Republic of South Africa, and Her Excellency, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, former President of Liberia, undertook their first mission to the Federal Republic of Ethiopia from 25 to 27 November 2020.
The delegates were received by the right esteemed dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, who welcomed the initiative of his noble Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, and President of the African Union, to the Republic of Ethiopia during this challenging period.
The Prime Minister informed the AU envoys about the current military operations, and among other things he emphasized the following:
i) that the operation, which is essentially law enforcement, would not last long;
ii) operate the provisional administration of Tigray with multiple parties to enable service delivery;
iii) setting up a high-level committee of federal stakeholders to assess and respond to essential humanitarian needs, and the identification and announcement of a humanitarian aid corridor;
iv) readiness to receive, rehabilitate and resettle citizens who have fled;
v) a commitment to rebuild public infrastructure; and
vi) unwavering commitment to create a democratic Ethiopia that is inclusive without the domination or oppression of one group by another.
The Prime Minister also reiterated his commitment to dialogue.
The AU delegates also met with her Excellency, Sahle-Work Zewde, President of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, and the provisional administration of Tigray’s multiparty parties.
The preliminary administration of Tigray of the multi-party also informed the AU envoys.
President Ramaphosa expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for receiving the AU envoys. The President also thanked the AU envoys for their prompt action in undertaking the AU mission to Addis Ababa. The President reaffirmed his commitment and that of the AU to continue to work with the people and the Government of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia through his current security challenges.