US President Joe Biden has raised fears concerning civilian deaths created by current air strikes in Ethiopia in the course of a call with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
This was after reports that over 50 dislodged people were killed in an air strike in north-west Tigray on Friday.
A White House statement said the US president accepted the release of resistance leaders and promised support in coming up with a peaceful end to the war with Tigrayan rebels.
Connection have not been good between Washington and Addis Ababa where the government has been troubled by recurrent criticism of human rights violation in the time of the war with Tigrayan rebels.
The fact that Mr Biden and Mr Abiy held a phone conversation at all is perhaps a sign of progress.
The White House statement says the two leaders talked concerning ways to speed-up conversation towards a work out ceasefire.
It as well says the recent release of opposition leaders was a positive step. Notwithstanding the subject of abominations was once again raised.