Ethiopia and Eritrea Renew Ties

"Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrean President  Isaisa Afwerki meet in historic gathering in the Eritrean capital to improve relations."

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrean President Isaisa Afwerki meet in historic gathering in the Eritrean capita.

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

According to international reports, Eritrea and Ethiopia are set to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties after almost 20 years of hostilities.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaia Afwerki made the announcement during a landmark meeting in the latter’s capital Sunday, July 8, 2018.

It is the first time in almost two decades the leaders from the two East African neighboring nations met to discuss normalizing relations.

Reports indicate that peace between Ethiopian and Eritrean people will make the Horn of Africa region an area of both peace and development.

Relations between the two countries were severed following a border dispute in which tens of thousands of people were killed in the late 1990s.

The leaders also announced they would re-open their embassies.

“If there is peace between Ethiopian and Eritrean people, the Horn of Africa region will be a region of peace and development. Our people who live scattered as refugees in humiliation will come back with dignity. Our citizens will not be sold and exchanged like commodities,“ Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed said.

“Congratulations Dr. Abiy. We are together in the future journey. We will confront challenges and opportunities together and win together. Above all congratulations to the people of Ethiopia and to the people of Eritrea,” said Eritrean President, Isaias Afwerki.

The talks were the product of an unexpected peace initiative by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister which could transform the Horn of Africa region.

Direct international telephone connection was also restored on Sunday between the two countries “for the first time after two decades,” an Ethiopian official said on Sunday.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister’s chief of staff wrote the statement on Twitter after a summit between Ahmed and Afkwerki began.

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