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US envoy Mike Hammer was in Ethiopia on Tuesday to seek a halt to renewed clashes between pro-government forces and Tigrayan rebels in the country’s war-torn north.
The United States dispatched Hammer, its special envoy for the Horn of Africa, to Ethiopia at the weekend, after the resumption of fighting last month shattered a truce and dashed hopes of ending a humanitarian crisis triggered by the nearly two-year war.
The United Nations’ special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, “met the US envoy today in Addis but there are no plans for a joint mission”, a UN spokesperson told AFP late Monday.
During his previous trip to Ethiopia last month, Hammer travelled to Tigray with his European Union counterpart Annette Weber, and the pair angered federal authorities by urging them to restore basic services such as electricity and communications to the stricken region.
Details about his ongoing visit were scant, with no information available from either Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government or US authorities.
Getachew Reda, spokesman for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel group, would not confirm any plans to see Hammer.