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Djibouti, Eritrea agree to normalize ties strained since 2008

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize ties a decade after a border dispute led to brief military clashes, officials said on Thursday after a regional summit.

Fighting erupted along the disputed Dumeira area after Djibouti accused Asmara of sending troops across the border. The Red Sea neighbours have been at odds ever since.

“After a long period of separation, Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to restore ties,” Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said on his Facebook page.

He spoke after delegations from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea met in Djibouti, where they also held discussions with President Ismail Guelleh.

On Twitter, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskal said Guelleh told the ministers: “Djibouti is ready for reconciliation and formalization of its ties with Eritrea.”

The rapproachment follows the dramatic thaw in relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which declared an end to their state of war in July and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights between the two countries after decades of hostilities.

Eritrea has been subjected to a U.N. arms embargo since 2009 over allegations that it provided support to militants in Somalia and for failing to pull troops out of disputed territory with Djibouti. Asmara denies accusations it backed Somali insurgents.

Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said: “With the truthful willingness demonstrated by Eritrea and Djibouti to make peace, all other pending issues will find their way to resolution.”

Meanwhile, Ethiopia reopened its embassy in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Thursday.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has presided over widespread reforms since his appointment in April, had earlier met Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for his second face-to-face meeting since the July accord.

A day earlier, an Ethiopian ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades and Eritrea announced plans to upgrade a road to its neighbor.



ADDISSTANDARD.COM – Following a Tripartite Summit between PM Abiy Ahmed, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, and President Isaias Awerki, the leaders of Ethiopia, the Republic of Somalia and Eritrea, respectively, which took place yesterday in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, the trio issued a four pillar comprehensive joint declaration which included the establishment of a high level committee tasked to oversee the multifaceted collaborations included in the declaration.

Update: PM will have two days of official visit to during which he will also travel to the capital and “will hold extensive discussions with President Isaias Afwerki to assess and expedite implementation of the agreement of 9 July,” @hawelti said.

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Update: PM & President will be joined by President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of the Republic in “ later today for a tripartite Summit,” according to @hawelti

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The joint declaration is issued: “considering that the peoples of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea share close ties of geography, history, culture and religion as well as vital common interests.” The statement also highlighted the declaration to promote relations between the three Horn of African countries was in the spirit and understanding of “respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; as well as desiring to bolster their historical ties to achieve their lofty objectives.”

Accordingly, the trio have issued a four point joint declaration from Asmara affirming to “foster comprehensive cooperation that advances the goals of their peoples; build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties; and work in coordination to promote regional peace and security.”

The fourth pillar of the declaration states that the countries have agreed to “establish a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their efforts in the framework of this Joint Declaration.”

However, the declaration did not provide further information about details of the high-level committee with such a task as to implementing a multifaceted joint declaration.

Meanwhile, this morning PM Abiy Ahmed has attended the ceremony of the reopening of Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara for the first time in 20 years. The event was attended by President Isaias Afwerki and other high level Eritrean officials as well as the diplomatic community in Asmara. In June this year, Ethiopia has announced that Ambassador Redwan Hussien will become its Ambassador to Asmara. AS

—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: September 06, 2018 at 05:48PM

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