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Turkish, Ethiopian foreign ministers discuss Tigray conflict

ANKARA, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 15: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen (L) pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Ankara, Turkey on February 15, 2021. ( Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency )
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and his Ethiopian counterpart Demeke Mekonnen (L) pose for a photo prior to their meeting in Ankara, Turkey on February 15, 2021 [Fatih Aktaş - Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish Foreign Minister, on Friday, discussed the latest situation in Ethiopia with his Ethiopian counterpart over the phone, according to diplomatic sources and Anadolu News Agency reports.

Mevlut Cavusoglu told Demeke Mekonnen that Turkey is ready to provide support to end the conflict in Ethiopia and to solve the problem through dialogue, the sources said, on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The Ethiopian government said on Wednesday that Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has gone to the frontline to lead the nation from the battlefront, handing his daily duties to Demeke, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister.

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Earlier this week, the Turkish Embassy in the capital, Addis Ababa, urged Turkish citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country due to the escalating clashes between army troops and members of the rebel Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF).

On 2 November, the Ethiopian government declared a state of emergency in the country due to TPLF attacks advancing south.

Fighting in northern Ethiopia, which has been going on for more than a year, has displaced about 2.5 million people and left more than 5 million people in the region in need of urgent assistance.

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