Ethiopia and Eritrea Peace


In this grab taken from video provided by ERITV, Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, centre right is welcomed by Erirea's President Isaias Afwerki as he disembarks the plane, in Asmara, Eritrea, Sunday, July 8, 2018. With laughter and hugs, the leaders of longtime rivals Ethiopia and Eritrea met for the first time in nearly two decades Sunday amid a rapid and dramatic diplomatic thaw aimed at ending one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. (ERITV via AP)
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    Dan Mwangi

    dan@mtkenyatimes.co.ke
    Eritrean president, Isaias Afwerki, is due to again visit Ethiopia this Friday with a scheduled visit to the Amhara region of Ethiopia. This is a welcome occurrence for two states that had been at war and in perennial conflict for over two decades. It was declared in late July that official hostilities had ended between the two Horn of Africa states. The end of hostilities brought some stability to a part of the world better known for its enduring conflicts, and to a region that abuts one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
    The announcement came after Ethiopia’s prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, visited Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, where he embraced President Isaias Afwerki on an airport tarmac. The leaders said the countries would resume trade, economic and diplomatic ties, including reopening embassies and restarting flights.
    The state of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea has come to an end,” the leaders said in a joint declaration. “A new era of peace and friendship has been opened.”
    But how did it all start?
    The current conflict between the two Horn of Africa countries has its roots in an earlier war. Ethiopia annexed Eritrea in the 1960s, spurring a protracted 30-year conflict. Eritrea held a referendum in 1993 in which voters overwhelmingly chose independence, and the two……Subscribe to Readmore………

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