PM SAYS ETHIOPIA WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO RESOLVE SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS

KIGALI, RWANDA, — Prime Minister Hialemariam Dessalegn says Ethiopia will continue to support regional and global efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the crisis in South Sudan.

Hailemariam made the remark while conferring with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the sidelines of 2016 Ordinary Summit of African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government in Kigali, Rwandam over the weekend.

During their meeting, Ban requested Ethiopia to enhance its support for efforts to ensure lasting peace in South Sudan. Hailemariam, describing the situation in South Sudan as critical, asserted the need to work closely with the country’s two leaders.

The Premier explained to the Secretary-General that Ethiopia, as the current chair of the Inter-Governmental Authgority on Development (IGAD), a Horn of Africa bloc, was working with neighboruing countries to end the South Sudan conflict.

Regarding Somalia, Hailemariam said Ethiopia was exerting maximum efforts to help the nation hold peaceful and democratic elections.

The Prime minister affirmed that the military intervention by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) to weaken and uproot the al-Shabaab insurgents in that country would continue, according to a high-level official who attended the meeting.

Ban expressed confidence that Ethiopia is and will continue to exert maximum efforts to solve the crisis in South Sudan. He also expressed hope that Ethiopia will enhance support to Somalia to make the upcoming election in that nation peaceful and democratic.

Source: Name News Network