Biden and Ahmed discussed ways to accelerate dialogue to reach a negotiated ceasefire in Ethiopia and highlighted the need to urgently improve humanitarian access across Ethiopia, a statement by the White House read.
All parties are accused of committing severe human rights violations due to the crisis in the country, Nashif added.
Ahmed was awarded Nobel largely for the peace deal he signed with Isaias Afwerki, the authoritarian leader of Eritrea, only months after he assumed office as president.
The US Embassy in Addis Ababa called on American citizens to not travel to Ethiopia and consider departing now over insecurity due to the ongoing armed conflict.
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the UN Human Rights Office released a report on Wednesday, revealing violations by all parties in the Tigray conflict of international human rights, humanitarian and refugee law, and possible war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The US administration, under President Joe Biden, signed an executive order on Friday that allows further sanctions against parties involved in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict.
Ethiopia has cracked down on foreign media over covering the Tigray conflict with “bias,” suspending the license of Reuters and warning BBC and Deutsche Welle of the same fate.