New York

24 September 2021

Readout of the Secretary-General's meeting with H.E. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, Deputy Prime Minister / Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

The Secretary-General met with H.E. Mr. Demeke Mekonnen Hassen, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.  

The Secretary-General and the Deputy Prime Minister discussed the internal situation in Ethiopia, particularly in Tigray. The Secretary-General reiterated his call for steps towards peace and noted the need for the further facilitation of humanitarian access.  

Regarding the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, the Secretary-General underlined the importance of resuming dialogue in a spirit of compromise and reaffirmed the United Nations’ support for the African Union’s mediation efforts.