Wednesday, March 24, 2021

UPDATE: US Senator Chirs Coons Says Ethiopia Trip was "positive and purposeful'

(Mar 24, 2021))--Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), President Biden's fellow Delawarean and his closest ally in the Senate, may also be emerging as a "shadow" secretary of state, Politico writes.

He did, after all, just return from Ethiopia, where he met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to discuss the allegations of atrocities in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region.

Coons told Politico the meeting was "positive and purposeful," and Abiy did admit for the first time after meeting with Coons that Eritrean soldiers had crossed the border into Ethiopia, while also acknowledging reports that both Eritrean and Ethiopian soldiers have carried out war crimes. 

It's unclear whether Coons influenced Abiy's thinking, but the timing checks out. Read more from The week (FP) »

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