Eritrea and Ethiopia have signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship today. The Agreement, which specifies five pillars, was signed this morning at State House by President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Joint Declaration states, among other things:
1. State of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace & friendship has been ushered
2. Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural & security areas
3. Transport, trade and telecommunication ties will be resumed; diplomatic ties & activities renewed
4. Border decision will be implemented
5. Both countries will work together to guarantee regional peace, development & cooperation
The summit between Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed marked the first time the neighbours’ heads of state had met for nearly two decades.
The two countries have been in a state of “no war, no peace” since 2000, when a peace deal ended a war in which tens of thousands of people were killed.