Seven political parties operating in Ethiopia’s two most populous regional states of Oromia and Amhara have resolved to work together to quell the raging ethnic clashes, they said in a joint statement on Friday. 

They made the resolve after the parties met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with whom they discussed ways of arresting the violence and chart out a way forward.

“The recent clashes caused the destruction of churches and mosques,” the parties said in a joint statement at a news conference held by the prime minister’s office. 

Three university students were killed in ethnic-based clashes

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