Ethiopia and United State diplomatic relations started in 1903. It has over a century of diplomatic relations which is unique among African countries. Because following the Berlin conference, which is also known as the scramble of Africa signed in 1885, all African countries except Ethiopia were under colony. However, this Shiny and historical diplomatic relation is about to be spoiled due to the failed Foreign Policy of the current Biden administration.
After the end of the cold war, at the end of the 1980s, the Tigray Liberation Front (TPLF) got a chance to control the Political power of Ethiopia. It continues to rule the whole Ethiopia for almost 30 years. During that period, ten of thousands of Ethiopians were sent to prison and other thousands were killed without any justice. The resource of the country was controlled by the minority elites of ethnic Tigran loyal to the TPLF. Even though the majority of Ethiopians got down and poorer, the few elites from ethnic Tigray region got richer.
However, thanks to the 2018 popular movement against the TPLF ethnocentric rule, Ethiopians could control the political power and started the new reform. The reform has continued and on the last June,2021, the first and more accepted National election took place and the Prosperity party led by the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Abiy Ahmed (PhD) win the majority seats in the parlament.
In all the past 30 years, when Ethiopians suffered under the brutal rule of TPLF, the United States Government was the main supporter for the regime in all logistic, financial and even media coverage. When the reform started in 2018, Ethiopians were in a forgiving mood to any foreign power assisting the TPLF regime, as was expected the same support could be provided for the newly emerged Ethiopian Government. However, the current Biden administration failed Foreign Policy stands against both Ethiopia and the United States National interest.
Ethiopians at home and around the world are not feeling comfort with the Biden administration's Foreign Policy towards Ethiopia. The core reason for this discomfort is that the United States Government's disrespect the Ethiopian Parliament decision on categorizing TPLF as the terrorist group.
The Biden administration's attempt to dictate the Ethiopian highest legislative body, just by disregarding the sovereignty of Ethiopia, may cost a lot for the Ethio -US diplomatic relationship. The United States Government is clearly showing its support for the terrorist group TPLF. This was reflected in different ways including -
The United States did not officially condemn the TPLF attacks on Ethiopian National Defence Force on November 2,2020.
The Biden administration did not appreciate properly for the Ethiopian Government's unilateral action of ceasefire.
The Biden administration attempted to interfere with a very internal issue of Ethiopia including where to be assigned the regional army like the Amhara Region's local army.
The Biden administration did not condemn properly the TPLF genocide on Amhara and Afar regions in Ethiopia.
After all these terrorist acts of the TPLF and Ethiopian Parliament decision on categorizing TPLF as the terrorist organization, Secretary Antoni Blinken tweeted today, October 13,2021, as he met with African Union High Representative Obasanjo, IGAD Chair, Sudan's PM Hamdok and the Ethiopian core Group of the European Union, France and Germany. In this particular tweet, the objective of all these talks was to bring TPLF as a legal body and empower it to negotiate with the legally elected Ethiopian Government.
In General, it is quite clear that the US Government is violating the sovereignty of the Ethiopian Government. Ethiopia was a member of the League of Nations and the founder of the United Nations. All nations have equal rights and their relationship is based on mutual benefits. Therefore, since Ethiopia is not interfering in the internal issue of the US domestic politics, the US Government must also respect the 3000 years history of the statehood country's parliament. That is the Ethiopian Parliament's decision on TPLF.