By Robbie Grammer
The Biden administration is weighing plans to lift restrictions on aid and financial assistance to war-battered Ethiopia in a move that has drawn backlash from human rights advocates and some factions within the administration.
This is according to a report published Thursday by Foreign Policy, an American news publication magazine.
The internal administration debate comes ahead of Blinken’s plans to visit Africa.
The plan, if confirmed, is expected to be announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken during an upcoming visit to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa later this month, according to multiple current and former officials familiar with the matter.
The debate playing out within the administration over its Ethiopia policy reflects a concern among top aid and human rights officials as well as lawmakers in Congress that the U.S. President Joe Biden has not done enough to acknowledge or hold Ethiopia accountable for atrocities, ethnic cleansing, and possible war crimes it committed during a devastating two-year war against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) rebel group in the country’s northern Tigray region.
That war cost hundreds of thousands of lives and destabilized Africa’s second-most-populous country.
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