Eritrea’s President to visit Ethiopia to cement historic truce

ADDIS ABABA, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki will make a historic visit to Ethiopia this weekend, cementing a stunning rapprochement with his giant neighbour, after they declared on Monday that their ‘state of war’ was over, Reuters has reported.

President Afwerki will arrive in Ethiopia on Saturday, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel said on Friday.

The rapid changes come after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched a peace initiative last month. He visited Eritrea’s capital last weekend and signed a pact with Isaias on resuming ties, a move that ended a near 20-year military standoff after a border war.

The Horn of Africa neighbours have agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights, in concrete signs of rapprochement after two decades of cold war over their disputed border in 1998.

Source: Emirates News Agency