Chinese foreign minister arrives in Ethiopia

The Chinese foreign minister has arrived in Addis Ababa for an official visit to Ethiopia as western nations urge their nationals to leave the Horn of Africa country over the escalating conflict in the north.

Ethiopia’s Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen welcomed the Chinese foreign minister on arrival at the airport.

In the absence of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is at the frontline leading the fight against rebels loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), Mr Wang is expected to hold discussions with Mr Demeke.

China has previously highlighted its opposition to external “meddling” in the internal affairs of Ethiopia as the latter faces growing pressure from the US and some European countries over the conflict in the north and a worsening humanitarian crisis

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