Ethio-Eritrea Thaw in Motion

A high-level Eritrean delegation, led by Osman Saleh Mohammed, foreign minister, and Yemane Gebreab, advisor to the President, arrived in Ethiopia on June 26. They were invited to a state dinner hosted by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (PhD) at the National Palace the same evening.

Government Communications Affairs Minister Ahmed Shidie, Yemane, Foreign Minister Worqeneh Gebeyehu (PhD), Osman, and Arkebe Oqubay (PhD), special advisor to the Prime Minister, attended the dinner.

“The Ethiopian Airlines will be flying there [Eritrea] soon,” Abiy said optimistically during a televised speech at the ceremony.

The delegation delivered a letter to Abiy, who personally welcomed them at Bole International Airport, from President Isayas Afeworqei of Eritrea, the longtime leader of the nation.

The arrival of the delegation is a precursor to a planned meeting between Abiy and Isayas. It also comes after the Executive Committee of the EPRDF’s decision to implement the UN-backed Boundary Commission ruling to cede Badme to Eritrea, a border town that was the flash-point of the Ethio-Eritrea war in the late 1990s.

Although past leaders of Ethiopia have tried to bring normalisation  with Eritrea, this is the first time that an Eritrean delegation visited the country in close to two-decade.

Published on Jun 30,2018 [ Vol 19 ,No 948]



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