Eritrean president visits Ethiopia one week after host

ADDIS ABABA – Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has launched into a three-day working go to to neighboring Ethiopia on Monday morning on a visit that comes lower than every week after internet hosting Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as he seeks to strengthen bilateral ties within the Horn of Africa.

For the previous two years, Isaias Afwerki has taken the mantle of the older statesman from the area and has usually centered on enhancing commerce ties between the international locations throughout the Horn of Africa, a long time after frosty circumstances that nearly tore them aside.

Yemane Meskel, Minister of Data, stated the Eritrean chief can be in Addis Ababa for 3 days. The minister additional stated that amongst these within the presidential delegation are Overseas Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab.

The Eritrean chief was invited by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, apparently for the position he performed in resolving a border disaster with Eritrea. Ahmed was put in as Ethiopian Prime Minister in 2018 and is well known for enhancing the democratization area in Ethiopia.

“On the invitation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, President Isaiah Afwerki traveled to Ethiopia this morning for a three-day working go to,” Meskel stated. “The President’s delegation consists of Overseas Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Adviser Yemane Ghebreab.”

In Addis Ababa, the 2 leaders have anticipated to carry bilateral talks that may concentrate on regional integration. Earlier this yr, Ahmed visited Eritrea, the place he joined Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo for signing a tripartite settlement between the three international locations.

“The 2 heads of state will maintain intensive consultations on additional enhancing bilateral relations in addition to consolidating regional cooperation. As recalled, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had paid the same working go to to Eritrea in August final yr,” he famous.

For nearly 20 years, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been concerned in a bitter border sequence, and no chief from both facet ever visited the respective international locations. The norm was corrected when Abiy Ahmed took over in 2018 and altered the dynamics of Africa’s Horn coverage, which is usually referred to as frosty and unstable.

When Farmajo visited Asmara earlier this month, Meskel stated the 2 leaders centered on the tripartite settlement that Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia had signed. Farmajo was in Asmara for 2 consecutive days.

“The 2 leaders additional agreed to redouble their ongoing efforts for regional integration on the idea of the tripartite settlement later signed between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. Negotiations between the 2 sides will proceed tomorrow.”