Biden Administration Threatens Ethiopia with Further Sanctions

( )- On September 17 the Biden administration paved the way to impose further sanctions on parties involved in the conflict in northern Ethiopia, where thousands have been killed and millions are in need of humanitarian assistance.

The new executive order allows Washington to take punitive action against those in both the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, and the Amhara regional government if they continue to prolong the conflict, obstruct humanitarian access, or commit serious human rights abuses.

The move comes after repeated calls by Washington for a negotiated end to the conflict and for aid access to the Tigray region where the conflict began. The hope is that the threat of further sanctions will pressure all parties involved to come to the negotiating table.

In response to the move, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed posted his letter to President Biden to Twitter, accusing the US of failing to support Ethiopia in its fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Ahmed argued that the administration hasn’t been nearly as harsh with the terrorist group as it has been with the Ethiopian government.

Yes, that’s par for the course with the Biden administration which has harsher words for unvaccinated Americans than it does for the Taliban.

Ahmed’s letter expressed surprise at how this administration is treating “our proud nation,” especially considering that the US is “a long-time friend, strategic ally and partner in security.”

That too is par for the course with this administration who frequently treats US allies like garbage while cozying up to China, handing Russia the keys to Europe’s energy market, and delivering Afghanistan to the Taliban.

Really, where has Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed been all these months that these moves surprise him?

War broke out ten months ago between Ethiopia’s federal troops and forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, which controls the northern region of Tigray.

Since then, thousands have been killed and over 2 million displaced from their homes. In July, fighting spread from Tigray into the neighboring northern regions of Amhara and Afar. Fighting in those two regions has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and made about 1.7 million dependent on humanitarian aid.