The government of Ethiopia will begin peace negotiation with the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), a rebel group active in the country's largest and most populous region.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement that the plan was "for the sake of Ethiopia's national unity" and applies to all of Ethiopia's 11 regions, which have their own armies.
PM Abiy Ahmed appoints Getachew Reda as president of northern Tigray region's interim administration, just a day after parliament removed TPLF rebel group from an official list of terrorist organisations.
The United States has estimated that some 500,000 people died in Ethopia's two-year conflict, making it one of the deadliest wars of the 21st century.
US Secretary of State's trip is the latest in a series of visits to Africa as the Biden administration looks to reinforce ties with a continent.
Antony Blinken's arrival marks highest-ranking US visit to Ethiopia since war broke out in late 2020 between government and Tigray rebels, fraying Washington's ties with Addis Ababa.
Amhara regional government has confirmed the fighting as all security forces are working to calm the situation.
Witnesses say hundreds of Eritrean vehicles left Shire, a development top US diplomat Blinken commends in phone call with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed.
Ethiopian army says Amhara special forces pulled out from Shire following Tigray rebels' surrender of heavy weapons to government soldiers.
Weapon handover takes place in Agulae town, around 30 km northeast of regional capital Mekelle — part of wider November 2 ceasefire deal.
Hundreds of officers enter Mekelle to secure vital installations, part of last month's peace deal, while three African generals assigned to lead monitoring team and envoys from almost three dozen countries also visit the war-torn region's main city.
Passengers drop to their knees and kiss tarmac upon arrival in Tigray capital of Mekelle as Ethiopian Airlines resumes flights to the region where two years of war killed hundreds of thousands of people.
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