According to a White House readout of the call, Biden “expressed concern that ongoing hostilities, including recent airstrikes, continue to cause civilian casualties and suffering.”
At least 146 people have been killed and 213 wounded in airstrikes in Tigray since Oct. 18, before that strike, according to a document prepared by aid agencies and shared with Reuters this week.
Tigray’s army and the Ethiopian federal government have been in conflict since November 2020, when Abiy ordered a military offensive in Tigray following a long-running dispute over the region’s governance.
On Monday, Biden and Abiy discussed “opportunities to promote peace and reconciliation,” according to a White House interpretation. The two leaders also discussed how to “accelerate dialogue to achieve a negotiated ceasefire, the urgency of improving humanitarian access across Ethiopia, and the need to address the human rights of all affected Ethiopians, including the need to detain Ethiopians under a state of emergency. concerns,” it said.
In a separate statement issued Monday, Abiy’s office said the prime minister and Biden discussed “current issues in Ethiopia, bilateral relations, and regional issues.”
The Ethiopian report added that Abiy “shared” with Biden “the state of Ethiopia’s rule of law operations in the north of the country, as well as the government’s efforts to address issues related to humanitarian assistance, human rights and reconstruction. Recent efforts in liberated areas .”
Leaders in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region announced in December the withdrawal of rebel forces from the country’s neighbouring regions, raising hopes that the fighting could end soon.
More than a year of fighting has killed thousands and displaced more than 2 million, exacerbated famine and sparked a wave of atrocities.
CNN’s Betsy Klein, Niamh Kennedy, Zeena Saifi, Larry Madowo and Eliza Mackintosh contributed reporting.
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