The US special envoy for the Horn of Africa, Jeffrey Feltman, will step down “in the coming days” one year after the fatal crises in Ethiopia and Sudan.
Feltman plans to leave shortly after his current visit to Ethiopia, a country that has experienced more than a year of war in the country. Tigray area It is estimated that tens of thousands of people have died. The State Department said that US diplomats met with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed on Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken said in a statement on Thursday that the outgoing U.S. ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, will assume this position.
Brinken said that the department originally intended to appoint Feltman as a special envoy less than a year, adding that he would continue to serve as an advisor.
Satterfield is a veteran of the U.S. Department of Foreign Affairs with more than four years of experience. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Turkey, where he handled the tense bilateral relationship between two NATO allies in a challenging position.
Turkey’s increasing drone exports, most recently exported to Ethiopia, will be the common denominator of Satterfield’s new and old roles.Last December, Washington proposed Sale of armed drones to Ethiopia With Turkey. According to sources, there is increasing evidence that the government is using Turkish weapons against the rebels.
“Ambassador Satterfield’s decades of diplomatic experience and work in some of the most challenging conflicts in the world will help us continue our efforts to promote the peaceful and prosperous Horn of Africa, and advance the interests of the United States in this strategic region. ,” Brinken said.
Feltman is a veteran American diplomat who soon found himself in two major crises after taking office in April-Ethiopian troops loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and Prime Minister Abi Ai A deepening civil war between Abiy Ahmed’s armies. And the military coup in Sudan in October.
The Ethiopian authorities have repeatedly assured him and others that even if the situation worsens, they will seek a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis.
On the eve of the coup in Sudan last year, military officials told Feltman during the Khartoum meeting that they did not intend to use force to remove the prime minister. Three hours after leaving Sudan, Feltman learned of the coup.
The United States announced this news immediately after China, saying it will appoint a special envoy to promote peace in the turbulent Horn of Africa, and hopes to shift its focus to the African continent and turn to infrastructure trade.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a comment in Kenya that Kenya has been actively participating in diplomatic efforts to stop the Ethiopian war since the end of 2020, between the TPLF and the federal government of Prime Minister Abi Ahmed.
He also visited Eritrea, which borders the northern region of Tigray. In this conflict, Eritrea has always been Abi’s ally. This conflict has caused thousands of deaths, hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their homes, and spread of hunger.
“In order to share political consensus and coordinate actions, China will appoint a special envoy for the Horn of Africa of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Wang said through an interpreter at a press conference in the port city of Mombasa.