Eritrea’s president Isaias in Ethiopia to ‘enhance’ cooperation, relations

In a little over one year, Eritrea’s president Isaias arrived in Ethiopia for a third time – for an official working visit.

Eritrea's president Isaias _ Ethiopia

borkena
December 25, 2019

Two days after meeting with United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zaid Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi, Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki has arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa for an official working visit on Wednesday in the morning.

Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, and his top political adviser Yemane Gebreab  have accompanied him.

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other high level government officials have received warmly the Eritrean president and his delegation up on arrival at Bole International Airport.

Bilateral relations and other issues in the region are major topics of discussions between the leaders of the two countries, according to information from Eritrean Minister for Information, Yemane Gebreab. On Wednesday, he tweeted : 

“President Isaias Afwerki departed, this morning, to Ethiopia for a working visit on the invitation of PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed.  The two leaders will discuss enhancement of important bilateral & regional matters. Presidential entourage includes FM Osman Saleh & Pre. Adviser Yemane G/ab” 

Ethiopian government owned media, Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, reported the two leaders already held discussion. Apparently, it was a closed one and  between the two leaders only. 

President Isaias Afeworki has repeatedly visited Ethiopia in a little over a year after the two decades hostile relations came to an end in July 2018, months after the ruling coalition in Ethiopia elected Abiy Ahmed as prime minister. 

Since then the two countries have been working on strengthening a bilateral relations for mutual benefits in a  range of areas. 

Following peace agreement, hundreds and thousands of families who were separated during the years of hostility have reunited. The two countries have reopened their respective embassies in Asmara and Addis Ababa, telephone line between the two countries were reactivated and  aviation restarted. 

Last year, Eritrean cultural troupe toured Ethiopia with the objective to foster people to people relations. Likewise, Ethiopian cultural troupe traveled to Eritrea this week, and showed concerts in Asmara, Massawa and Keren. 

Abiy Ahmed hailed Eritrean people and the Eritrean president, during his Nobel Lecture at Oslo City Council last month, for the success of the peace agreement between the two countries. 

However, multifaceted agreements that the two countries have been working on are not yet finalized, and much is not known as to why it is so. 

At one point, there was even a talk that the relation between the two countries is already stalled to the point that Eritrea has closed borders again. 

President Isaias’ visit is expected to revitalize the relation between the two countries and for the finalization of agreements in a range of areas. 



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4 Responses to "Eritrea’s president Isaias in Ethiopia to ‘enhance’ cooperation, relations"

  1. Ittu Aba Farda   December 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Encouraging news!!! I hope and pray that the two nations will find ways how to forge strong and sustainable friendship so the two industrious peoples will be able to live in peace and work tirelessly together to take their fellow citizens out of stubborn poverty that has refused to leave them. With sustainable peace the sky will be the only limit with what they can do together. But such environment should not be used to violate their individual sovereignty.

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  2. rezen   December 26, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Relationship between two Independent Brotherly States — Ethiopia and Eritrea

    Commentary, 26 Dec 2019
    Let us hope the NEW YEAR – 2020 will be the beginning of a PRODUCTIVE YEAR for the establishment of a unique close relationship between the two PEOPLE, for the benefit of the PEOPLE — ONLY and ONLY tor the PEOPLE i.e. the exclusive respective OWNERS of the two countries. What else is there to say, to wish and to restore sanity and far sightedness for the benefit of human beings >>> the PEOPLE of the two countries? I forgive myself (!!!) for the idealistic sounding innocence. Still, it CAN be done. Amen -Inshalah [in alphabetical order, please]

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  3. Eritreawi halal   December 27, 2019 at 12:57 am

    it’s good for both people because peace is peace, inorder to have the peace is full the boarder line of the country should be lined by the algerse rule said.when Abey Ahmed telling the peace before one year at beginning he telling for the president &people of Eritrea with out anythings according to the aljerss which is prime Minister meles zenawi signed come to peace why now with out his voice said can’t do that, as Eritrean I don’t understand,i don’t now why things goes like that

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  4. minas   December 28, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    They are both foreign agents in order to destroy Ethiopia. One is supported by Arabs, the other supported by other countries which foreigners would like to do this to affect Ethiopia. TPLF/olf is included in this as well, so Tigrayans must wake up and hold hands with Amra and the rest before. Question, I see now Eritreans to befriend Amaras and Ethiopians, where were they before. One indication even in Diaspora where were they 27 years, why do they want to be close? It is very shady. Tplf is one thing, Ethiopians are another, they know Ethiopians were also affected by tplf so, how come they didn’t try to get close while under tplf? Olf is the same causing havoc. In the end everyone of those will be under foreign colonization Arab or not. for certain Muslims, they are being told to take this opportunity to dominate christians and it is exactly what is happening. Aby is giving them a cover under his smile to the rest of Ethiopians.

    Lema megersa should take the power, but even these Oromos are controled the Protestant side of it. So Ethiopia must choose Protestant (colonization), Arab (Islamization)

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