ADDIS ABABA (ENA)―Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has arrived in Asmara and warmly welcomed by President Isaias Afwerki.

The delegation led by Premier Abiy Ahmed consists of Foreign Minister Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Speakers of Federation and House of Peoples’ Representatives Keria Ibrahim and Muferiat Kemal as well as Seyoum Awol Chief Administrator of Afar Regional State.

The prospect of peace between the two brotherly people of Ethiopia and Eritrea is recently flourishing after Premier Abiy’s call for peace was welcomed by Eritrea.

The fruitful discussions held between Premier Abiy and the Eritrean delegation has led to the steadfast visit of the two leaders.

Both leaders are expected to discuss on wide ranges of bilateral and regional issues to flourish the already begun peace talks.

[Reuters report] Leaders of bitter foes Ethiopia, Eritrea meet for historic peace talks

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea were meeting on Sunday morning in Eritrea’s capital, the once-warring nations’ state broadcasters reported, in a historic summit that could herald the end of a near 20-year military stand-off.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki warmly welcomed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed when he landed at Asmara airport, before the leaders headed to the presidential palace.

The two men hugged and smiled, then Eritrean women rushed to embrace Abiy, footage from both state broadcasters showed.

Sunday’s meeting is the first of its kind in two decades between the leaders of the two neighbors and bitter rivals in the Horn of Africa.

They fought a war in the late 1990s in which around 80,000 people died.

The unexpected rapprochement with Eritrea has won international plaudits for Abiy, who took office in April and announced last month said he would honor the terms of a peace deal after the 1998-2000 war.

The 41-year-old is pushing other bold reforms to open Ethiopia up to the outside world after decades of security-obsessed isolation.

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