The first official peace negotiations since the war broke out two years ago were scheduled to take place in South Africa between a government team from Ethiopia and rebel forces from Tigray.
The negotiations will take place as Ethiopian forces and their allies advance militarily in the northern Tigray area, where they have recently taken control of a number of sizable towns.
The conflict is the result of a power struggle between the federal administration and the Tigray authorities, who up until Abiy Ahmed’s election as prime minister in 2018 commanded the nation’s ruling coalition.
According to the official, the delegation landed on a U.S. military aircraft on Sunday with the help of the country’s special representative for the Horn of Africa.
The meetings in South Africa earlier this month had been agreed to by both parties, but they were postponed due to logistical issues.