Office of the Spokesperson
U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa (SEHOA) Mike Hammer will travel to Stockholm, Sweden and Brussels, Belgium August 19-26. In Stockholm, he will participate in World Water Week, hosted by the Stockholm International Water Institute. He will also participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPIRI). In his capacity as primary U.S. interlocutor on issues related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD), Ambassador Hammer will discuss how agreements related to water management, use, and access can contribute to security and stability in the Horn of Africa.
Special Envoy Hammer will then continue to Brussels, where he will meet with European Union (EU) officials on Ethiopia and Sudan. He will discuss how the United States and EU can support a peaceful resolution to ongoing violence in Ethiopia’s Amhara and Oromia Regions through dialogue, and the need to protect civilians. Ambassador Hammer and EU officials will also discuss their common efforts to support the full implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement for Northern Ethiopia, which was signed in Pretoria, and to advance peace, justice, and accountability for the benefit of all Ethiopians. On Sudan, Ambassador Hammer will discuss regional and international efforts to silence the guns, support accountability, and chart a path forward for restoring democratic civilian governance, while also mobilizing support for regional humanitarian needs.