ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

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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