Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea raised the Eritrean flag together, celebrating the reopening of the Embassy of Eritrea in Ethiopia. The leaders of both countries are taking a step in the right direction and making peace after a two-decade-long feud. Eritrea’s embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1998 after a border dispute between the two, and the opening of the embassy was President Afwerki’s first visit in over 22 years. He was given the gift of a horse, a shield, and a spear from President of Ethiopia’s Oromia region, Lemma Megerssa, according to Prime Minister Abiy’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega.
“A spear and shield is the most prized possession of an Oromo traditional warrior.”
President Isaias Afwerki advised the following:
“I feel boundless joy as I convey to you the message of peace, love and good wishes of the people of Eritrea. And, I congratulate you warmly for the successful and historic changes that you have brought about.”
“We have triumphed over the toxic schemes of the past years aimed at sowing the seeds of hate, resentment, and destruction. These malignant acts are indeed anathema to our cultures as well as to our historical and cohesive interests. We are now jointly embarking – with determination – on the path of development, prosperity, and stability in all fields and fronts.”
AfricaNews also advised that Ethiopia’s national carrier will start daily flights to Asmara, the telephone lines between the two have been restored, and the roads leading to Eritrea’s Port of Assad were currently being repaired as well. You can check out the full articles, written by Segun Akande and Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban, by clicking here and here.
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