The government had used the weapons against rebel fighters. Washington has profound humanitarian concerns over the sales which could contravene u.s restrictions on arms to addis ababa. A senior western official said a state department spokesman, said: u.s horn of africa envoy, jeffrey feldman, raised reports of armed drone use in ethiopia and the attendant risk of civilian harm. A senior turkish official said washington conveyed its discomfort at a few meetings, while ethiopias military and government did not respond to detailed requests for comment. Turkey, which is selling drones to several countries in europe, africa and asia, has dismissed criticism that it plays a destabilizing role in africa and has said it is in touch with all sides in ethiopia to urge negotiations Music. The united nations agreed to set up an independent investigation into rights abuses in ethiopia. A move strongly opposed by its government tigran rebel forces said they were withdrawing from some northern regions after government advances and in a letter to the un called for a no fly zone. For drones and other hostile aircraft over tigray, the u.s state department clamped down in may on exports of defense products for ethiopias armed forces. In september, the white house authorized sanctions on those engaged, even indirectly in policies that threaten stability, expand the crisis or disrupt humanitarian assistance. There, though, there has been no indication of any such imminent action against turkey, the u.s treasury, which has brought economic sanctions authority under that executive order, declined to comment on whether sanctions could apply to turkey.

The senior turkish official said the foreign ministry examined how the drone sales might impact u.s foreign policy as part of 2022 budget planning. Music united states has conveyed its discomfort with turkeys, drone sales, but turkey will continue to follow the policies it set in this area. A second senior turkish official from the defense ministry said ankara had no intention of meddling in any countrys domestic affairs. Turkish defense exports to ethiopia, surged to almost 95 million dollars in the first 11 months of 2021, from virtually nothing last year. According to exporters assembly data ethiopian government soldiers interviewed by reuters near kashina a hillside town close to the walls front said a recent government offensive succeeded following an influx of reinforcements and the use of drones and air strikes to target ukraine positions. A foreign military official based in ethiopia said satellite imagery and other evidence gave clear indications that drones were being used and estimated up to 20 were operating. It was unclear how many might be turkish made. Turkish and ethiopian officials have not publicly confirmed the drone sale, which reuters first reported in october and turkeys. Foreign ministry did not respond to a request for further details. It said last week that u.s envoy, feltman and deputy foreign minister said etuano had discussed developments in ethiopia. Somalia and sudan, ethiopia has also bought drones from the united arab emirates, which did not respond to a request for comment about possible u.s concerns under president tayyip erdogan.

Anchor has poured military equipment into africa and the middle east, including training of armed forces in somalia, where it has a base. The turkish military used as baracto tb2 drones last year with success in syria. Libya and nagorno karabakh, prompting interest from buyers globally in a market led by us chinese and israeli manufacturers. Music. In october a turkish foreign ministry spokesman said, ethiopia was free to procure drones from anywhere foreign minister mavlet cavusoglu said last week that engagement with africa was based on mutual benefit. Nato allies, washington and ankara have strained ties over several issues, including the turkish purchase of russian missile. Defenses feldman had underscored that now is the time for all outside actors to press for negotiations and end the war in ethiopia. Music. The western official who requested anonymity said ankara had responded to u.s concerns by saying it attaches humanitarian provisions to the ethiopia deal and requires signed undertakings outlining how drones will be used.