Ethiopian Prime Minister Abyei Ahmed announced Friday that Eritrea will withdraw its forces from the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, as Addis Ababa launched a military campaign in November to topple local authorities accused of launching operations on federal army camps.
“During my conversations with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki on the occasion of my visit to Asmara, the Eritrean government agreed to withdraw its forces outside the borders of Ethiopia,” Abyei Ahmed said in a statement.
In his statement, Abyei indicated that the TPLF fired several missiles at the Eritrean capital, “which prompted the Eritrean government to enter Ethiopia to prevent further attacks and protect its national security.”
This announcement comes after Abyei Ahmed admitted on Tuesday to the presence of Eritrean forces in Tigray for the first time since the start of the military operation in the region, and he visited Asmara on Thursday.
Abyei Ahmed sent forces to the Tigray region on the fourth of November after he accused the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which was the dominant ruling party in the region, of targeting army camps.
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