The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has visited Mekelle, the capital of Tigray, for the first time since he ordered a military offensive against the region.
The purpose of the visit was to attend the first meeting of a new regional council.
The Ethiopian prime minister in his tweet about his visit to Mekelle said, “Went to Mekelle and met with commanders of the ENDF as well as the Provisional Administration of Tigray.
Telecom & electricity currently being restored after repairs; infrastructure works underway & humanitarian relief provided. We will continue apprehending the criminal clique.”
Mr. Abiy had earlier hosted talks with the prime minister of Sudan, to where 50,000 Tigrayan refugees have fled.
A Sudanese official said Prime Minister of Sudan, Abdallah Hamdok, was prepared to mediate in the conflict.
However, a statement by Mr. Abiy made no mention of any such offer – though it said the Sudanese delegation had backed his actions in Tigray.
Reports say Mr. Hamdok has returned home early from what Ethiopia said would be a two-day trip.