Fortune News | Apr 02,2022
The United States imposes visa restrictions against current and former Ethiopian and Eritrean officials over the ongoing conflict in Tigray Regional State.
This is in addition to limitations on economic and security assistance to Ethiopia, which has received one billion dollar in aid from the US last year.
The move, applied based on the US Immigration and Nationality Act, curtails the issuance of visas for any current or former Ethiopian or Eritrean government officials, members of the security forces, or other individuals.
It will also be applicable to regional and irregular forces from Amhara Regional State as well as members of the TPLF, according to a statement from the US Department of State.
The fighting in Tigray started almost six months ago and has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands, while leaving 5.2 million in need of urgent assistance, almost a third of whom have so far been reached, according to the latest situation report from UNOCHA.
The US has been voicing its concern over the involvement of Eritrean troops and members of the Amhara Special Forces in the war in Tigray, a situation that is worsening the humanitarian situation in the region.
"People in Tigray continue to suffer human rights violations, abuses, and atrocities, and urgently-needed humanitarian relief is being blocked by the Ethiopian and Eritrean militaries as well as other armed actors" said the US Department of State in its latest statement.
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