Ankara welcomes the lifting of the state of emergency in Ethiopia

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Wednesday hailed the vote of Ethiopian lawmakers in favor of lifting the state of emergency in Ethiopia.

The six-month state of emergency was lifted two months after Tigray rebels largely withdrew from northern Amhara and Afar regions, where they had made inroads.

“We welcome the decision of the Ethiopian Parliament yesterday approving the lifting of the state of emergency in Ethiopia, which was declared last November,” said a statement from the Turkish ministry.

Turkey considers “this decision as a good step towards achieving peace and stability in the country”, the statement added, welcoming “the deep-rooted ties with all parties in Ethiopia”.

He further pledged to “continue to support all efforts aimed at achieving the social peace and stability that Ethiopia deserves.”

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people have been displaced over the past two weeks from localities in the northeastern Afar region, bordering Tigray state, after rebels launched new offensives and captured a number of districts.

The conflict between the Ethiopian government and Tigray rebels began in November 2020 after rebels attacked army positions across Tigray, including the capital Mekele.

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