Isaias Afwerki, the president of Eritrea, has denied reports that his soldiers committed war crimes during the fighting in northern Ethiopia.
President Isaias claimed the assertions were a part of a disinformation campaign by opponents of the peace agreement negotiated between the government in Ethiopia and Tigrayan forces for a lasting ceasefire in the country’s civil war in rare statements about the war, which started in November 2020.
In addition, he declined to comment on the country’s succession plan or when Eritrean troops will completely withdraw from the Tigray province.
Rights organizations claim that Eritrean soldiers have killed unarmed citizens, raped women, and looted both public and private property extensively in northern Ethiopia.
President Isaias was addressing in Kenya after a private meeting with William Ruto, his counterpart.
After independence in 1993, Mr. Isaias came to power, but the nation has never held a national election because of accusations that he has imprisoned opponents of his authority.