Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki
September 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm / by James Ojo
Ethiopia on Thursday reopened its Embassy in Eritrea as part of ongoing efforts to consolidate diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed were both presents alongside senior officials from both nations at the reopening ceremony in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital, according to local media sources.
On Wednesday, both leaders had engaged their Somalian counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo in a meeting where they signed an agreement to strengthen political and economic ties, as well as improve regional security.
This recent development is coming 20 years after the two countries engage each other in one of Africa’s deadliest civil wars, over a disputed remote borderland separating both nations.
The war has left thousands of dead and many families displaced.
But the hostility had thawed after both countries earlier this year struck a peace deal, pledging to end the years of fighting that has crippled the socioeconomic development of the two nations.
The concern, however, remains when Ethiopia would withdraw its troops from the disputed border after it promised to implement an earlier court ruling which granted the land to Eritrea.
Ethiopia’s Ahmed has consistently retreated his administration’s commitment to improving the country’s relationship with neighboring countries; it was previously at war with.
He had also introduced a series of reforms to steer the country forward, since assumed power earlier this year.