Visa restrictions have been placed by the United States on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials accused of not taking “meaningful steps to end hostilities” in the six-month-old war in Tigray.
The Tigray crisis erupted in November when Ethiopia’s government launched an offensive to oust the region’s then ruling party, Tigray People’s Liberation Front.
Restrictions targeted “current or former Ethiopian or Eritrean government officials, members of the security forces, or other individuals to include Amhara regional and irregular forces and members of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) responsible for, or complicit in, undermining resolution of the crisis in Tigray,” US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken said on Sunday.
The restrictions will also be placed on economic and security assistance to Ethiopia with an exception to humanitarian aid in areas such as health, food and education, Blinken added.
Blinken further stated that the actions are to press for the resolution of the crisis in the Tigray region of the country.