Eritrea’s high-level delegation will have talks with Ethiopia so as to restore and normalize relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA (EthiopiaOnline)―A high-level Eritrean delegation, including composed Mr. Osman Saleh Mohammed, Foreign Affairs Minister and Envoy to the African Union, and Yemane Gebreab, Adviser to President Isaias Afwerki, has arrived on Tuesday afternoon (26 June 2018) at Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa .

Upon arrival at the Airport the high-level delegation was warmly welcomed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, PhD, and Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu, PhD. Several scholars, artists, religious leaders and cultural troupes were also present at the colorful welcoming ceremony in honor of the delegation.

The high-level delegation is in Ethiopia for talks in the bid to restore and normalize relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending the 20-year embargo.

In his inaugural speech at the House of Peoples Representatives, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stated his intention to make peace the neighboring country, Eritrea, and said that it would be his government’s responsibility to bring the two countries disagreement to an end.

In a press statement on June 5, the EPRDF Executive Committee said Ethiopia is committed to the unconditional implementation of the December 2000 Algiers Agreement, which gave the symbolically important town of Badme to Eritrea.

In response to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and his regime’s positive gesture, Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki spoke, on Martyrs’ Day, to his people & media that he would send a delegation to Addis Ababa to gauge current developments directly and in-depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action. President Isaias also said, “The Eritrean and Ethiopian peoples have lost an opportunity of two generations for over half a century due to policies designed to promote external agendas. When they achieved their respective liberation in 1991 through common struggle, they embarked, in earnest, on new chapter”

Border dispute between the two countries led to a bloody full-scale two-year border war between 1998 and 2000, which killed an estimated 70,000 people from both sides. Since then, the two countries are engaged in a state of armed standoff along their common border punctuated occasionally by sporadic small-scale clashes.

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