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Abiy Ahmed and Uhuru Kenyatta in Asmara, Eritrea

Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya reportedly discussing regional economic integration issues in Asmara after Uhuru Kenyatta completed three days of working visit to its northern neighbor, Ethiopia.

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Photo credit : Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)

March 3,2019

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, and Kenyan president,Uhuru Kenyatta, have arrived on Sunday morning in Asmara, Eritrea.

Neither the trip nor its purpose was disclosed to the public earlier.

The office of prime minister of Ethiopia shared pictures on its social media page showing Isayas Afeworki,Eritrean President, receiving Abiy Ahmed up on arrival at Asmara Airport and also a picture of the two visiting leaders flanking Eritrean president.

However, the update from Abiy Ahmed’s office did not say anything about the intention of the trip.

State affiliated FanaBC, on the other hand, reported on Sunday, citing sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, that the three countries are holding trilateral discussions the focus of which is, according to the aforementioned source, matters related to regional economic integration.

As well, Ethiopia and Eritrea are expected to have a bilateral discussion. The two countries have finalized preparations to sign an all encompassing agreement to foster their relations.

A joint commission, to be disclosed soon after the singing of the agreement, will regulate the implementations of the agreements.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta completed three days of official visit to Ethiopia before he headed to Eritrean capital,Asmara, this morning.

During his stay, apart from attending an investment forum organized for Kenyan investors, he visited Hawassa and Arbaminch, here he was accorded gifts from local elders, also inaugurated industrial park in Debre Berhan, about 120 Kilometers North of the Capital Addis Ababa.

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Eritrean president, Esayas Afeworki, having discussion with Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopian prime minister
Photo : OPM

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  1. For any hope, be it economy or justice, to prevail, rule of law must be put in place first. Then this, toxic, and backward ethnic politics should be addressed and done with once and for all. Otherwise, Mr. Prime Minister, it is like following the wind, vanity of vanities… displacement, killings, ethnic war will be commonplace….. and very soon this country will be no more!!


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