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ETHIOPIA: PM meets Tigray leaders for first time since peace deal

PRIME Minister Abiy Ahmed has held his first face-to-face talks on Friday with Tigrayan leaders since a peace deal was inked ending two years of war, officials and state media said.

Abiy met senior leaders of the Tigray region forces on Friday about three months since the Addis Ababa government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) signed agreements to permanently cease hostilities.

The conflict, which has at times spilled out of Tigray into the neighbouring regions of Amhara and Afar, has killed thousands of people, displaced millions from their homes and left hundreds of thousands on the brink of famine.

Abiy’s national security adviser Redwan Hussein said on Twitter that the prime minister and other officials “met today and held discussion with the TPLF delegation regarding the progress of the peace process.” The Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation confirmed the report.

“As a result, PM Abiy passed decisions about increasing flights, banking & other issues that would boost trust & ease lives of civilians,” he tweeted.

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