ASMARA, 18 February 2021 – Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has expressed concern about the situation in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according to an interview on state media.
“We are contributing in accordance to our obligation,” Afwerki said in the interview, avoiding to address accusations that Eritrean forces fought in Tigray alongside Ethiopian forces.
The Tigray Peoples Liberation Front (TPLF) which Ethiopian federal forces were fighting in Tigray are considered to be sworn enemies of Eritrea, which borders the region.
Afwerki called the fighting by the TPLF in Tigray as “utter madness”.
“We, more than others in the region, have experienced the problem for 80 years. Therefore, peace and stability in Ethiopia is of more concern to us than others,” Afwerki said.
The Eritrean leader said Amara was “trying our level best to contribution to [the situation in Ethiopia],” without detailing what kind of contribution his country is providing.
Last month, the United States which had earlier accused Eritrea of having troops in Tigray, called on Asmara to withdraw its troops from Ethiopian territory.
The governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea have both denied accusations that Eritrean forces are in Tigray.
“We will not fold our hands and sit still concerning matters that develop in Ethiopia,” Afwerki had said early in 2020.
President Afwerki did not also address the accusation that Eritrean forces abducted Eritrean refugees in camps in Tigray and neighboring Sudan and forcefully deported them back to Eritrea.