John Kerry joins Tedros Adhanom to address U.S. and local media.
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – US Secretary of State John Kerry joins Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom to address U.S. and local media in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.Making his first official trip to sub-Saharan Africa, Mr Kerry renewed a plea to Nigerian authorities to ensure the military does not carry out atrocities against civilians in its clampdown on Islamic militants.
Speaking to reporters alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Kerry also blamed Sudan’s government for much of the tension along its volatile border with South Sudan. He says residents in the contested areas of Blue Nile and South Kordofan don’t want to be subjected to strict Islamist rules.
Africa’s 54 leaders are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in Addis Ababa. Opening the event, Ethiopian Prime Minister and current chairman of the AU, Hailemariam Desalegn spoke of “a great leap forward in the pan-African quest for freedom, independence and unity”.