July 08, 2018
Addis Ababa (ENA) – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who arrived in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea on Sunday morning, accorded a warm welcome from President Isaias Afewroki and residents.
Streets in the Eritrean capital Asmara have been lined with several banners hoisting Ethiopia’s flag to welcoming Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who is making a historic visit to Eritrea.
There was a wide public enthusiasm during the visit of Prime Minister Abiy whiles thousands of residents of the capital marched to Asmara International Airport to welcome the Premier.
Ethiopian flags are waving at the entrance of the airport, along the streets of Asmara, the Eritrean capital for the first time in more than two decades heralding peace.
Posters of the Prime Minister, national flags of the two countries are flying in the streets filled with air of peace and harmony, which were unthinkable days before the visit.
It was learned that in a statement from the EPRDF, “Ethiopia and Eritrea have the most unique cultural, historical & blood ties. The suffering on both sides is unspeakable because the peace process is deadlocked.”
Premier Abiy broke the impasse between the two countries last June to fully implement the Algiers peace accord that ended the border war between the two countries.
The prospect of peace between the two brotherly people of Ethiopia and Eritrea is recently flourishing after Premier Abiy’s call for peace was welcomed by Eritrea.
Events moved quickly after that, with Isaias Afeworki accepting the overtures as a “positive” move and sending a delegation led by Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh and Eritrean Head of Political Affairs and Presidential Adviser, Yemane Gebreab, to Addis Ababa a week later.
The prolific discussions held between Premier Abiy and the Eritrean delegation has led to the steadfast visit of the two leaders.
The historic official visit of Prime Minister Abiy after the border war between the two countries is the first of its kind in more than two decades.
The Premier’s visit to Asmara is a good omen for a new era of peace and cooperation in the Horn of Africa beyond Ethiopia and Eritrea.
During the visit Premier Abiy and President Isaias expected to discuss on how to resolve the intricate border issues and back to normalization.
Both leaders are also expected to discuss on wide ranges of bilateral and regional issues to flourish the already begun peace talks.
Reports indicated that there has been talk of reopening long-closed air links between the two countries this year.
The Algiers accord was signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea 20 years ago to put an end to the bloody two-year war of 1998-2000 that claimed the lives of thousand soldiers on both sides.