State Dept. urges peace amid fighting in Chad, East Africa
UPDATED 8:28 AM PT – Thursday, April 22, 2021
The State Department has warned of the rising threat of political violence as well as Islamic terror in Central and Eastern Africa. On Wednesday, the State Department called for de-escalation of military tensions in northeast Africa while pointing out security threats are undermining humanitarian relief efforts in the area.
“We haven’t seen any evidence that Eritrean troops are withdrawing from Tigray despite the commitments made by both Ethiopia and Eritrea,” stated State Department spokesman Ned Price. “We urge their immediate, full withdrawal.”
U.S. diplomats have also condemned the recent killing of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno who was reelected in an allegedly fraudulent election after 31-years in office.
“Certainly the violence in Chad is gravely disturbing, but we’re watching closely as the political situation evolves,” Price continued. “We want to see a peaceful, democratic transition of power to a civilian-led government.”
We offer our sincere condolences to the people of Chad as they mourn the passing of President Idriss Deby Itno. The United States stands with the people of Chad during this difficult time. https://t.co/jQGERfUDin
— Ned Price (@StateDeptSpox) April 20, 2021
The U.S. Intelligence Community warned the Islamic State terror group has been capitalizing on the ongoing conflicts in Central and Eastern Africa. The State Department noted, regional peace is important to preventing further destabilization of those countries.