ADDIS ABABA (ENA/―A joint committee which implements the Ethio-Eritrea Peace and Friendship Agreement has started work, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announcement, Ethiopian News Agency reported on Sunday (July 9).

During his visit to Asmara, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, PhD, disclosed that the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have agreed to work jointly in diplomacy, transport, boundary affairs, use of port, and trade as well as African and international issues.

Foreign Affairs Minister Workneh Gebeyehu, PhD, held a press conference at his office in Addis Ababa on Sunday on the visit of the Ethiopian delegation led by the Prime Minister to Eritrea and Dr. Workneh himself was part of the delegation.

At the conference, the Minister stated that a joint committee that implements the agreement reached by the leaders in Asmara is formed.

The main committee will be chaired by foreign ministers of the two countries (Workneh Gebeyehu, PhD, of Ethiopia and Osman Saleh Mohammed of Eritrea) that comprise sub-committees under them.

The main committee, which started work officially today, is expected to deeply review the issues raised in the agreement and propose different ideas, he added.

According to Dr. Workneh, Ethiopian Airlines will start flying to Asmara next week and has stated that the countries have already begun identifying sites for their embassies.

Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia

Conscious that the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea share close bonds of geography, history, culture, language and religion as well as fundamental common interests;

Recognizing that over the past decades, they were denied the opportunity to build a bright future for their peoples on the basis of their common heritage;

Determined to close this very costly chapter, which also had a detrimental role in the Horn of Africa, and to make up for lost opportunities and create even bigger golden opportunities for their peoples;

The governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea have reached the following joint agreement which reflects the desires and aspirations of their peoples:-

1. The state of war between Ethiopia and Eritrea has come to an end. A new era of peace and friendship has been opened.

2. The two governments will endeavor to forge intimate political, economic, social, cultural and security cooperation that serves and advances the vital interests of their peoples;

3. Transport, trade and communications links between the two countries will resume; diplomatic ties and activities will restart;

4. The decision on the boundary between the two countries will be implemented.

5. Both countries will jointly endeavor to ensure regional peace, development and cooperation.

Both governments express their gratitude to all friends of Eritrea and Ethiopia and call on them to redouble their solidarity and support.

Done in Asmara, July 9, 2018

For the State of Eritrea                   For the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

President Isaias Afwerki                     Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali

Sources: ENA and
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