The US State Department has urged US citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately. John Moore/Getty Images

U.S. State Department urges U.S. citizens to leave Ethiopia immediately


WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department on Tuesday again urged U.S. citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country immediately, adding that the United States has no plans to facilitate an evacuation via military or commercial aircraft as Washington steps up pressure to bring an end to the conflict in Ethiopia.

The United States this month advised U.S. citizens in Ethiopia to leave the country as soon as possible and is offering repatriation loans for those who do not have the funds to leave.

“There are no plans to fly the U.S. military into Ethiopia to facilitate evacuations or replicate the contingency effort we recently undertook in Afghanistan, which was a unique situation for many reasons,” a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters.

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