MEPs to assess armed conflict in Ethiopia and democratic transition in Sudan
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MEPs to assess armed conflict in Ethiopia and democratic transition in Sudan

A Foreign Affairs Committee delegation will visit Ethiopia and Sudan on 20-22 September to discuss the Tigray conflict and the Sudanese democracy struggle with authorities and civil society.

The delegation, led by the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister (EPP, Germany), will start its visit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Its main purpose is to follow up on the strategic report on the Horn of Africa, which was adopted by the committee in July and is scheduled to be voted on by all MEPs in October.

While in Ethiopia, MEPs will hold meetings with representatives of the Ethiopian government, authorities and civil society, primarily to discuss the latest developments in the armed conflict in the Tigray region and matters related to global and regional security. On their second day in Addis Ababa, Members will hold talks at the African Union headquarters to follow up on the European Union – African Union summit held in Brussels on 17-18 February 2022.

On 22 September, the delegation will travel to neighbouring Sudan to demonstrate their support for the Sudanese people in their struggle for democracy. The delegation will meet with Sudanese authorities and civil society in Khartoum to discuss the ongoing efforts to ensure the country’s transition towards democracy. Sudan is currently led by army general Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Chair of the so-called Transitional Sovereignty Council, following a coup d’état in 2021.

In addition to Mr McAllister, the delegation will be composed of the following MEPs: Urmas Paet (Renew Europe), Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Željana Zovko (EPP), Vice-Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Carlos Zorrinho (S&D), Chair of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, Michael Gahler (EPP), Vice-Chair of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Juozas Olekas (S&D), Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.