EU envoy off to Saudi, UAE and route his Second Visit to Ethiopia to discuss the Situation in Tigray


The EU’s envoy to Ethiopia, Pekka Haavisto, who was appointed by the bloc’s High Representative Josep Borrell, is on his way to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates “for discussions on regional issues as well as the situation in Tigray,” the EU said in a statement.
Following his visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Minister Haavisto will fly to Ethiopia for his second mission as an EU envoy, where he will “discuss the situation in Ethiopia, especially the crisis in Tigray and its regional implications,” according to a statement.
“During his visit, Haavisto will meet with Ethiopian officials and express the EU’s ongoing concern about the humanitarian situation in the country,” said a statement.

Following the publication on April 2 of two reports by the BBC and CNN alleging the involvement of members of the Ethiopian National Defense Forces (ENDF) in the massacre of a group of unarmed young men in Mahibere Dego, central Tigray, the Ethiopian government is facing mounting international pressure. The two news organisations said they analyzed video footage that surfaced in early March showing the men being executed in mass by what they both said were members of the ENDF.

It should be remembered that during his first visit to Ethiopia as the EU’s envoy, Finland’s Foreign Minister accused the Ethiopian government of being in “denial” about the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray.