By Samuel Ouma
Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (SEHOA) Mike Hammer is expected in Kenya, South Africa, and Ethiopia between October 3-18, 2022.
In a statement, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Hammer’s visit to the region is part of ongoing U.S. diplomatic efforts to immediately cease hostilities in northern Ethiopia and support the launch of African Union-led peace talks.
In Nairobi, Special Envoy Hammer is expected to meet with Kenyan government officials, international partners, NGOs, and others involved in regional efforts to build peace and facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
“Following up on discussions on the situation in Northern Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa held in Washington on September 27 during the U.S.-South Africa Working Group on African and Global Issues, Special Envoy Hammer will travel to Pretoria to meet with South African government officials to advance efforts in support of the African Union-led mediation effort,” said Price.
Envoy Hammer will meet with the Ethiopian government and African Union officials in Addis Ababa. He will also meet with U.N. officials and other partners to deliver humanitarian assistance in response to the northern Ethiopia conflict and provide drought relief. He will also stress the importance of accountability on human rights issues in resolving the conflict and achieving national reconciliation.
He will further engage on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) in support of efforts under the A.U.’s auspices to reach an agreement that addresses the interests of all parties and contributes to a more peaceful and prosperous region.