The purpose of the meeting was to bring relevant line ministries together to review the progress of the ambitious Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport Corridor. Although the LAPSSET project is in keeping with Kenya's Vision 2030 it is essentially a regional initiative joining the port of Lamu to Juba in South Sudan and Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
The talks were held amid tensions in the North of Ethiopia where the Tigray People's Liberation Front has accused the government of engaging in systematic genocide against the semi-autonomous region.
The US government and the European Union have repeatedly called for a ceasefire as Ethiopia allows Eritrean forces to confront the Tigrean people deep within its territory. The Tigrean Conflict which has displaced thousands and seen hundreds killed now turns the global spotlight on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed who is a Nobel Peace laureate.
On Tuesday last week, Ethiopia conducted Parliamentary Elections amid a boycott by the opposition.
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Meanwhile, CNN reports a new wave of skirmishes in Tigray on Sunday night prompted by the discovery of mass graves of the Mahibere Dego massacre.
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