US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has spoken to Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed about the implementation of the ceasefire deal between government troops and Tigray forces in the north.

Blinken disclosed this in a tweet stressing the need for urgent need to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement and to secure lasting peace in northern Ethiopia

Abiy has already reiterated his government’s commitment to the peace deal.

The secretary of state said the US was committed to support the African Union-led process including its monitoring and verification mechanism of the peace agreement

Amhara and Afar regional forces, as well as Eritrean troops, have been fighting alongside the federal forces war against the Tigrayan fighters.

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The conflict has led to thousands of deaths and warnings of a famine.

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