- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been keeping a keen eye on the developments in the region
- Antony Blinken lauded Kenya’s efforts in the Ethiopian federal government and Tigray forces’ ceasefire
- William Ruto flagged Kenya Defence Force (KDF) troops off to DRC for a special peacekeeping mission
It is beyond no doubt that the US government is keen on ensuring that there is peace and stability in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been keeping a keen eye on the developments in the region.
The regional peace situation
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“I had an important conversation with Kenyan President William Ruto on November 13 to discuss ongoing efforts to bring peace to eastern DRC and Ethiopia. Kenya’s leadership on this and other regional security challenges is essential,” Blinken said.
Two weeks ago, the US government lauded Kenya’s efforts in the Ethiopian federal government and Tigray forces in the ceasefire.
Blinken had a phone call with Ruto after the two conflicting sides reached a peace deal in South Africa.
“I spoke to President Ruto today to congratulate him for his government’s role in advancing peace in northern Ethiopia,” Blinken announced on Thursday, November 3, through his official Twitter handle.
Addis Ababa, TPLF reaches ceasefire
On Wednesday, November 2, the Ethiopian government and rival Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) forces signed a “permanent cessation of hostilities” deal.
The deal aims to end one of Africa’s recent bloodiest civil wars.
TUKO.co.ke understands that TPLF controls the northern Tigray region.
According to the signed agreement, the warring parties will cease hostilities, “silence guns in principle” in the Tigray region, and work on ending the two-year-old war “without delay.”
William Ruto flags off KDF troops
The African Union-led mediation process began on Tuesday, October 25, in South Africa, in pursuit of a peaceful solution to the conflict that has gripped the Horn of Africa’s nation.
According to AU, the two sides agreed to a disarmament plan, unhindered access to humanitarian supplies and resumption of halted basic services to Tigray.
On Wednesday, November 2, Ruto flagged Kenya Defence Force troops off to DRC for a special peacekeeping mission.
During the event held at the Embakasi Garrison, Nairobi, the president said the move indicated the country’s commitment towards achieving regional peace.
Before concluding his address, Ruto offered to pray for the soldiers.
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