Horn of Africa: New US envoy in the backdrop of standoff in Ethiopia and Sudan

#other countries : The United States on Thursday announced the appointment of veteran diplomat David Satterfield as the new envoy to the Horn of Africa, replacing Jeffrey Feltman, who is stepping down amid the impasse in the Ethiopian conflict and the Sudanese crisis.

David Satterfield, an expert on thorny issues in the Middle East who has had to deal with strained relations with Turkey in recent years as ambassador to Ankara, will take over ,In the next few days,US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Their ,Decades of diplomatic and working experience in the most complex conflicts on the planet will be invaluable in our enduring efforts to promote a prosperous and peaceful Horn of Africa.,, she added.

Jeffrey Feltman will end his mission after a final trip to Addis Ababa, which began Thursday, in an effort to wrest peace talks between the government and the Tigrayan rebels. Antony Blinken assures us that the envoy, appointed in early 2021, intended to leave forever ,less than a year,, He will remain an “adviser” to the State Department.

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Jeffrey Feltman, who is heavily invested in the Sudanese and Ethiopian fronts, suffered a heavy blow during a military put-up in Khartoum on 25 October, hours after his departure, even though he felt he had received satisfactory assurances from the ‘military’ .

His departure comes as civilian Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok has resigned, making it even more difficult to restart the democratic transition. His efforts to encourage dialogue among the belligerents in Ethiopia have also so far been unsuccessful.

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