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Ethiopian prime minister in UAE as Tigray war rages on

January 30, 2022 GMT
In this photo released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Ahmed is in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country's ongoing war against Tigray rebels. (Abdulla Al Neyadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM via AP)
In this photo released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Ahmed is in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country's ongoing war against Tigray rebels. (Abdulla Al Neyadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM via AP)
In this photo released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Ahmed is in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country's ongoing war against Tigray rebels. (Abdulla Al Neyadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM via AP)
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In this photo released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Ahmed is in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country's ongoing war against Tigray rebels. (Abdulla Al Neyadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM via AP)
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In this photo released by the United Arab Emirates' state-run WAM news agency, Abu Dhabi's powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, right, greets Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed after his arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022. Ahmed is in the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country's ongoing war against Tigray rebels. (Abdulla Al Neyadi/Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM via AP)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has traveled to the United Arab Emirates on a state visit amid his country’s ongoing war against Tigray rebels.

Ahmed arrived Saturday and was greeted planeside by Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. They later attended an honor guard ceremony and held meetings, according to the Emirates’ state-run WAM news agency.

The Tigray war has been raging since November 2020. The war has shifted in recent weeks, with the Tigray forces retreating into their region after attempting to advance on the capital, Addis Ababa, and Ethiopia’s military saying it would not pursue them further. That opened the way for fresh mediation efforts by the United States and the African Union, with humanitarian access a key goal.

Ethiopia’s government has sought to restrict reporting on the war and detained some journalists under the state of emergency, including a video freelancer accredited to The Associated Press, Amir Aman Kiyaro.

Experts say the Ethiopian government’s military appears to have been strengthened by aerial drones purchased from China, Turkey and the UAE.