Eritrea to withdraw forces from Ethiopian border areas: Ethiopia PM

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ADDIS ABABA, March 26 (Xinhua) — The Office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday disclosed the country’s northern neighbor Eritrea has agreed to withdraw its forces from Ethiopian border areas.

In a press statement, the Office of Ethiopian PM said the decision to withdraw Eritrean forces from Ethiopian border areas was reached during a discussion between PM Ahmed and the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

The statement further said the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) will take over guarding the Ethiopian border areas immediately.

The Ethiopian PM is currently in Eritrea on a two-day official visit to the Red Sea nation.

On Tuesday, the Ethiopian PM admitted Eritrean forces were in his country helping the Ethiopian army fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) which used to rule Ethiopia’s northern Tigray regional state.

Months of fighting between the TPLF and the ENDF backed by allied forces have reportedly left thousands of people dead, hundreds of thousands of others displaced, and millions in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

According to Ethiopian government figures, the conflict has displaced around 2.2 million people, while 4.5 million people are in need of emergency aid. Enditem

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