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Eritrea leader brings ‘peace, love and good wishes’ on historic Ethiopia visit

Eritrea leader brings ‘peace, love and good wishes’ on historic Ethiopia visit

Eritrea and Ethiopia’s leader are continuing to exchange the official visits to the strengthening the peace process between two former sworn enemies. Eritrea has reopened its embassy in Ethiopia, BBC reported.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki raised the Eritrean Flag together inside the newly renovated embassy, while a military band performed the Eritrean National Anthem. Eritrea’s embassy in Ethiopia was closed in 1998 when border disputes worsened already tenuous relations between both African states.

Eritrea officially opens its embassy’s doors in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, as the part of the ongoing rapprochement between the two countries. Both African states have only recently agreed to restore diplomatic ties, even though the conflict ended in 2000. Embassy’s opening was the culmination of Afwerki’s three-day visit to Ethiopia.

Beyond easing tensions in the volatile Horn of Africa, the new relationship also carries economic and security incentives for both countries.

Afwerki accepted the gift of a horse, a shield, and a spear from President of Ethiopia’s Oromia Region, Lemma Megerssa, according to Prime Minister Abiy’s chief of staff, Fitsum Arega.

“… A spear and shield is the most prized possession of an Oromo traditional warrior,”

Arega explained in a tweet while Ethiopia’s information minister, Yemane Meskel said in a tweet that the event was “yet another milestone in the robust and special ties of peace and friendship both countries are cultivating with earnestness in these momentous times.”