The Turkish president meets with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, but no specific deals or agreements have been announced.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offers to help mediate an end to the fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, vowing to protect the “integrity” of the northeast African country.
Erdogan told visiting Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Wednesday that “the peace and integrity of the war-torn country are important to us.”
“If the situation deteriorates, all the countries in the region will be affected,” Erdogan said in a joint media appearance with Abiy.
“As Turkey, we are ready to make all contributions to solving the problem, including mediation,” Erdoğan said.
Ankara and Addis Ababa maintain friendly relations and the two leaders pledged to boost economic cooperation and trade.
Abiy said the relationship of the two countries is based on “mutual respect and trust.”
But the two leaders did not announce specific deals or deals.
Northern Ethiopia has been ravaged by fighting since last November, when Abiy sent troops to overthrow the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), the then ruling party in the region.
Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have fled to refugee camps in Sudan to escape a conflict that, according to the United Nations, has driven 400,000 people to famine conditions.
In July, the UN warned that more than 100,000 children in Tigray could suffer life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months.