U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa Jeffrey Feltman and his deputy Payton Knopf have completed their visit to the Horn of Africa region by the end of the week. Sources say the two received a rather cold welcome at their last stop, Ethiopia, due to comments they had made prior to arrival that Prime Minister Abiy is authoritarian [JF] and that the political transition under his watch is effectively dead [PK].

Feltman and Knopf, both sharp observers of the politics of the region, have met with a number of stakeholders in Ethiopia and received notes from some leaders of the opposition. ??? ???????? ????????? ??????? has obtained a copy of the note OFC Chairman Prof. Merera Gudina handed to the delegation, in which he characterised Ethiopia’s upcoming votes as a #ShamElection. Follow the link below for the full document.

The Special Envoy will be presenting the findings from his visit to Egypt, Eritrea, Sudan and Ethiopia the coming Monday (17 May) before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The topic of the session will be “Challenges and Opportunities for the United States in the Horn of Africa”. Feltman will be joined by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of African Affairs Robert F. Godec, his deputy Bryan Hunt and two official briefers from USAID and office of the Director of National Intelligence. 4 kilo is anxiously waiting to hear what Feltman will propose to the Senate Committee on Monday. Sanctions?

Notes by Prof. Merera Gudina, OFC Chairman shorturl.at/tuzE2

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