The former president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, is in South Africa for peace negotiations with Ethiopia.
Some of the participants include former heads of state, such as Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka deputy president of South Africa.
The international community is worried about a recent uptick in conflict, which has prompted discussions in Pretoria.
Civilians trapped in the conflict have prompted calls for a peace treaty from the international community in Ethiopia.
On Monday, opposing groups in Ethiopia began discussions in an effort to end the country’s bloody civil war, which has lasted for the better part of two years.
The African Union is providing funding for these discussions.
After five months of relative calm, violence once again erupted in the area in August.
The fighting in Tigray has intensified, with government soldiers and their Eritrean allies dominating crucial regions deep inside the territory.
For this important encounter, Uhuru was accompanied by his security team.
Uhuru has been keeping a low profile ever since the new administration took office a month ago.