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After admitting for the first time on Tuesday the presence of Eritrean troops in the Tigray region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Friday that Asmara would withdraw his troops there, after discussions with Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki. </p><div> <p><span><span><span>The withdrawal of Eritrean troops soon? Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced on Friday March 26 that Eritrea would withdraw its troops from the Tigray region (northern Ethiopia), where Addis Ababa launched a military operation in November to dislodge dissident authorities. .</span></span></span>
“In my March 26 discussions with (Eritrean) President Issaias Afeworki on the occasion of my visit to Asmara, the Eritrean government agreed to withdraw its forces outside Ethiopia’s borders,” the prime minister said. in a press release posted on his Twitter account.
“Safeguard your national security”
The announcement follows the recognition on Tuesday, for the first time since the start of the military operation in Tigray, of the presence of Eritrean troops on Tigrayan soil by Abiy Ahmed, who visited Asmara on Thursday.
The Ethiopian Prime Minister launched a military intervention on November 4 aimed at overthrowing the ruling party in the northern part of the country, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), whose forces he accused of attacking bases of the federal army. He proclaimed victory on November 28, but fighting continued there.
In his statement on Friday, he recalled that the TPLF had fired several rockets at the Eritrean capital, “thus prompting the Eritrean government to cross the border with Ethiopia, to prevent further attacks and to safeguard its national security”.
Asmara’s military role
The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize adds that the Ethiopian army will deploy in areas where Eritrean troops were stationed, especially at the border.
Asked by AFP, the Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel did not react to this announcement Friday morning.
Asmara’s troops have apparently played a primary military role in Addis Ababa’s military campaign against Tigray forces, alongside the Ethiopian army.
They have also been seriously questioned by several human rights organizations and by many inhabitants of Tigray, some of whom have been met by AFP, in massacres of unarmed civilians and in large-scale sexual violence.
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