After more than a year of civil war, Joe Biden pressed for a ceasefire in Ethiopia and denounced the deaths

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After more than a year of civil war, Joe Biden pressed for a ceasefire in Ethiopia and denounced the deaths of civilians.

The US President spoke with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Monday about "accelerating" the path to a negotiated ceasefire.

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, spoke on Monday with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, about "accelerating" the path towards a ceasefire negotiated in Ethiopia and denounced that the airstrikes by the Army of the African country cause victims among civilians.

In a telephone conversation, Biden and Abiy discussed the war that the Ethiopian Government has been waging in the Tigré region, in the north of the country, for more than a year against the rebels of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Tigré (FPLT).

The two leaders "discussed ways to accelerate the dialogue towards a negotiated ceasefire, the urgency of improving humanitarian access throughout Ethiopia, and the need to address the human rights concerns of all Ethiopians affected," the White House said. It's a statement.

President Biden expressed concern that ongoing hostilities, including recent airstrikes, continued to cause casualties and to suffer among civilians and reaffirmed the US commitment to working with the African Union and regional partners to help Ethiopians resolve the conflict peacefully", adds the note.

Biden appreciated that the Ethiopian Government granted an amnesty last week to a dozen opposition political prisoners, including leaders of the FPLT. However, he assured that he remains concerned about the "arrests of Ethiopians under the state of emergency" in the country.

The war in Ethiopia, the second-most populous country in Africa, broke out on November 4, 2020. The Ethiopian Prime Minister ordered an offensive against the PFLT in retaliation for an attack on a federal military base and after an escalation of political tensions.

Since then, thousands of people have died, some two million have been internally displaced in Tigré, and at least 75,000 Ethiopians have fled to neighboring Sudan, according to official data.

In addition, almost seven million people face a "hunger crisis" due to war, the UN World Food Program warned in September.

November, Biden withdrew to Ethiopia's last program commercial access pr efferent, to the accused Addis Ababa of "serious violations" of human rights in the war.