As Eritrea’s high-level delegation wrapped up its stay and returned today to touch base with their president, Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia disclosed that Prime minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isayas Afeworki will meet in person “soon” to continue the discussion on the next step of implementing the Algiers Peace agreement and rebuilding the relations between the two countries.
Some sources who claim to have insider information say that the two leaders could meet as early as next week.
The Eritrean delegation to Ethiopia, which is the first since the two years war broke out between the two countries in 1998, was warmly received by Ethiopian Prime Minister upon arrival at Bole International Airport in the morning of June 26. The prime minister also hosted a state dinner the following evening.
Although there seem to be some reservations, most Ethiopians tend to think that the relation between the two countries could be moving beyond implementing the Algiers peace agreement of December 2000. Ethiopian Airlines has announced that it will be resuming flights to Eritrea very soon although the details are not disclosed.
Prime minister Abiy Ahmed expressed his desire for free movement of people between the two countries.
“Ethiopians would like to celebrate Enkutatash[Ethiopian New Year] together with our Eritrean brothers and Sisters,” said the prime minister during his speech at the state dinner hosted for Eritrean delegation at the National Palace.
The prime minister also sent a message of solidarity to the people of Eritrea via the Eritrean delegates along with a small sack of coffee to the Eritrean president, Isayas Afeworki. During their stay in Ethiopia, Eritrean delegation visited Awassa industrial park.
The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia share culture, language, religion, and history – not to mention blood relation.
The two years of war between the two countries claimed more than 80,000 lives on both sides.
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