AFRICA: Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed in Eritrea for landmark visit
Jubilation as Prime Minister Abiy meets President Afwerki in Asmara amid thawing in ties between African rivals.
Abiy, right, is welcomed by Eritrean President Afwerki, right, in Asmara [ERITV via AP]
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With hugs and cheers, the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have met for the first time in more than 20 years amid a recent thawing in relations between the two long-time East African rivals.
In a landmark visit, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed landed in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on Sunday, for a bilateral summit, aimed at repairing relations between the two countries. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki warmly greeted Abiy at the airport, Eritrea‘s state television showed.
“A truly historic moment with memorable watershed events: brotherly embrace of the leaders,” said Yemane G Meskel, Eritrea’s minister of information, on Twitter, adding that Ethiopian Airlines landed in Asmara for the first time in 20 years.
The visit comes a month after Abiy surprised people by fully accepting a peace deal that ended a two-year border war between the two countries.
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: July 08, 2018 at 01:00PM