Uganda’s President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni is optimistic that talks between the federal government of Ethiopia and that of Tigray region in the northern part of the country will solve the conflict in the Tigray and lead to a win-win end result.

Museveni made the remarks on Wednesday after holding talks with Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda, H. E Alemtsehay Meseret Gelaw, who called on him at State House, Entebbe.

The President and his guest discussed bilateral matters pertaining to the two countries. They also discussed the economic and security situation in the region.

“I am happy to receive news of progress on pertinent issues from Ethiopia which was delivered by Ambassador Alemtsehay Meseret Gelaw at State House Entebbe, particularly on the issue of the conflict between the TPLF and the government,” said the President in a tweet.

“I am happy to hear that the factions have started a dialogue and I believe they will reach a win-win end result,” he adds.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government and the rival Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) have both raised the prospect of peace talks to end the brutal conflict that erupted in November 2020.

But major obstacles have emerged, not least over who should mediate any negotiations.

Abiy wants the African Union, which is based in Addis Ababa, to broker any talks, while the TPLF is insisting that the negotiations are led by neighboring Kenya.

Abiy’s national security adviser Redwan Hussein said on Twitter this week that the government was ready to talk “anytime anywhere” and that negotiations should begin “without preconditions.”

Meanwhile, the new U.S. envoy for the Horn of Africa called Saturday for progress in holding Ethiopian peace talks and for unrestricted aid deliveries to stricken areas of the country.

Mike Hammer, who arrived in Addis Ababa Friday, held talks with Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen, the U.S. embassy said.

They discussed the “need for continued progress on ensuring unfettered humanitarian assistance delivery, human rights accountability and political talks to end the conflict and achieve a lasting peace”, the embassy said on Twitter.

The conflict in Tigray which has caused death, suffering and displacement of thousands of people, was sparked by an unprovoked violent attack by the TPLF armed groups on Federal forces in November 2020 after over two years of provocation.

TPLF, now a terrorist-declared organization wanted to acquire over 80% of the national army’s possession which was in the region and illegally and forcefully change the leadership of the country, thanks to national forces which quickly responded.

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam is an experienced Ugandan multimedia Journalist with a background of fact checking and thorough research. He is very passionate about current African affairs particularly Horn of Africa. He...

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