Nov 26, 2020(Nyamilepedia) — A Ethiopian delegation led by Gedu Andargachew, the Security Advisor of the Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, has visited South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, to brief him over what is happening between the Federal Government and Tigray regional government.
The meeting happened on Wednesday November 25th, 2020 in the presidential palace, J1.
According to J1 Press Unit, Amb. Andargachew briefed president Kiir on the security and political issues in Ethiopia.
“H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit has today met with the Security Advisor of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Gedu Andargachew and discussed the political and security issues in Ethiopia.” Reads part of the Presidential press unit statement.
The insiders confirmed that the discussion focused mostly on what is happening in the Northern part of the country in Tigray region.
“During the meeting, Gedu Andargachew briefed H.E. President Salva Kiir on the government’s Law enforcement operation in Tigray.” The Presidential Press unit continued.
Accordingly, Mr. Kiir assured the Security Advisor for Dr. Abiy Ahmed that the Government of South Sudan will stand in solidarity with the People and the Government of Ethiopia.
Despite that the meeting came shortly after an expert, Dr. Matthew LeRiche, the Director of the Global Leadership Center and the War and Peace Studies Program, suggested that South Sudan could be the most viable candidate to negotiate Ethiopia’s internal crises, there was no sign that South Sudan was close to suggesting an effort to mediate the two parties.
“As the conflict between Ethiopia’s federal government and the Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) continues to escalate, calls for mediation have come from around the world.” said Dr. Matthew LeRiche, Director of the Global Leadership Center and the War and Peace Studies Program.
South Sudan has not been able to mediate her own internal crisis; however, Dr. LeRiche believes that South Sudan could be more honest than other countries specifically to mediate Ethiopia’s internal crisis.
“The question of who could mediate, however, has yet to be answered. The conflict requires an intermediary that is perceived to be honest and credible by both sides, but this rules out far more international actors than it rules in,” Dr. LeRiche added.