The United States welcomes the arrival today of a convoy of trucks carrying more than 1,700 metric tons of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to Tigray. We appreciate the efforts of the Ethiopian government, Tigray regional authorities and Afar regional authorities to facilitate this delivery. We also commend United Nations agencies, international organizations, US government partners, and the continued efforts of humanitarian organizations across Ethiopia to provide assistance to all those in need. We reaffirm the importance of meaningful, sustained, unconditional and unhindered humanitarian access to Tigray – as well as to all suffering communities, including Afar populations – and the urgency of the resumption of basic services , including electricity, telecommunications and banking.
The continued commitment of the Ethiopian government and Tigrayan authorities to a cessation of hostilities remains a crucial step towards reconciliation and peace. In this regard, we welcome the withdrawal of Tigrayan forces from Erebti and stress the importance of further withdrawals from the Afar Regional State. The parties must continue to build on this progress to achieve a negotiated and lasting end to the conflict. Progress towards this goal provides an essential foundation for the restoration of essential services in Tigray and an inclusive political process to ensure the security and prosperity of all Ethiopians. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United States Embassy in Ethiopia.