Eritrea’s President Isaias Afeworki has received a warm welcome by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed upon arrival in Addis Ababa on July 14/2018.
Residents of Addis Ababa and its surrounding are also out in the streets to welcome President Isayas, who visited Ethiopia after two decades.
This is the first time for President Isaias Afewerki, who started his three-day state visit, to visit Ethiopia since 1996.
President Isaias’ visit to Addis Ababa is a daring move to end the two decade border standoff and re-establish diplomatic ties and reinforce economic ties.
The visit is expected to add momentum to the process started to normalize the relationship between the two countries.
During his stay in Ethiopia, the President will attend the reopening of Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa and visit Hawasa Industrial Parks.
The visit comes after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made a historic trip to Eritrea last weekend, setting off the restoration of diplomatic ties.
The thaw began when the Prime Minister Abiy announced Ethiopia would fully implement a peace deal that ended a two-year border war signed in 2000.
During Abiy’s visit to Eritrea, leaders of the two countries inked a comprehensive agreement to end hostilities, re-establish diplomatic and economic ties.
The recent rapprochement between the two countries is aimed at ending two decades of hostility.
Following Abiy’s visit to Asmara, phone lines are restored and Ethiopian Airlines flights to Eritrea are scheduled to begin next week.