In the United States, the debate on the developments of the conflict in the Tigray region is intensifying, already characterized in recent weeks by the adoption of new sanctions that have affected this time the chief of staff of the Eritrean forces, General Filipos Woldeyohannes.
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, has recently answered to some questions posed by the press regarding the possibility for the government of President Biden to extend the sanctions towards both the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. According to Psaki, there is no confirmation regarding the possibility of additional sanctions, although this possibility continues to be the subject of continuous monitoring of the evolution of the situation in the Tigray region.
The press secretary also confirmed how the White House’s interest in following the crisis continues to remain high, resulting in constant contact with key local representatives of institutions.
Psaki’s words to the press, in this way, have indirectly confirmed how the possibility of sanctions at the highest level at the top of the Ethiopian and Eritrean state represent at present a concrete possibility for the Biden government.
This news has been discussed several times in recent weeks and now resurfaces in the chronicles of international politics following repeated accusations that Eritrea has again intensified its role in Tigray in support of ENDF forces.
These accusations are in addition to those of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which in early September accused both Eritrea and Tigrayan TDF forces of looting aid warehouses in northern Ethiopia.
Sean Jones, the director of USAID in Ethiopia, during a television interview explicitly accused both TDF and Eritrean forces of having plundered the organization’s warehouses in the northern region of Amhara.