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Resumption of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

25 July 2018

Ethiopian Airlines commercial flight to Asmara was sold out within an hour to passangers looking forward to uniting with family and friends in Eritrea. It also carried amongst others Ethiopia’s former prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn and the former first lady Roman Tesfaye.

This flight follows the historic meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, on 9 July 2018 between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Eritrea's President, Isaias Afewerki, where they signed a declaration, ending 20 years of hostility and restoring diplomatic relations and normal ties between the countries.

On 15 July, President Afwerki visited Ethiopia for the first time in 22 years, coinciding with the opening of the old Eritrean embassy in Addis Ababa.

The declaration of peace has encouraged the citizens to freely visit each other's towns and cities. On 18 July Ethiopian Airlines, after an interlude of 20 years, arrived at Asmara International Airport. A great gift for the great African Nelson Mandela who was born on 18 July in 1918 a hundred years ago.

Accolades for the truce continue in anticipation of the impact it will make for countries, the region and as a pivot of the African continent. The respective Heads of State have embarked on several international visits and have been acknowledged for their courage and vision and expressed support for the positive developments in the region of the horn of Africa.




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