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Will threat of sanctions end the conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray?

The US pressures all sides to stop fighting and negotiate peace in northern Ethiopia.

United States President Joe Biden has added pressure on all sides to end the fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region.

On Friday, he signed an executive order threatening new sanctions against the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, leaders of Ethiopia’s Amhara region and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Biden says Ethiopia is delaying aid to people displaced by the conflict.

While Tigrayan rebels welcomed the announcement, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accused the US and the West of chastising his government.

So will the US threat be enough to stop nearly a year of fighting?

Presenter: Imran Khan


Zelalem Moges – Ethiopian international lawyer

William Davison – Ethiopia senior analyst at the International Crisis Group

David Shinn – Former US ambassador to Ethiopia