U.S. top diplomat Blinken says concerned Ethiopia has potential to "implode"

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (not pictured) hold a news conference following the U.S.-Ukraine Strategic Dialogue talks at the State Department in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/Pool/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday he is very concerned about the potential for Ethiopia to "implode" amid an escalating conflict there.

A durable political resolution to the differences that have emerged in Ethiopia in the past year is "not only still possible, but necessary," Blinken told reporters at the State Department.

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Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk, Doina Chiacu and Simon Lewis

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