Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki in historic Ethiopia visit

Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia
The three-day visit aims to cement ties just days after the two neighbours declared their “state of war” over.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki is visiting Ethiopia for the first time since the start of the two countries’ border war in 1998.

The three-day visit aims to cement ties just days after the two neighbours declared their “state of war” over.

Mr Afwerki was welcomed on arrival by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

Thousands of people, many waving Eritrean flags, lined the streets of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to mark the historic visit on Saturday.

Mr Afwerki, whose visit is the latest in a string of moves towards reconciliation between Africa’s erstwhile bitter enemies, was also greeted by dozens of cultural dancers while a brass band performed for him as he walked the red carpet.

Last week Mr Abiy travelled to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, where the two leaders signed a pact formally ending the state of war while agreeing to re-establish diplomatic and trade ties after two decades of hostility. More >>

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