A high-level Ethiopian delegation led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in the Eritrean capital, Asmara for talks on ending the decades-long conflict between the two countries.
The delegation – which was received by Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki on Sunday – also included Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh Gebeyehu and Speaker of the Ethiopian House of Federation (HoF) Keria Ibrahim.
It is the first time in more than two decades that a top-level delegation from Ethiopia visits Asmara.
It was at the beginning of last month that the thirty-six members executive committee of the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) decided to fully accept and implement the Algiers Peace Agreement of December 2000 which officially ended the war between the two countries.
Weeks after Ethiopia offered an olive branch, Eritrean president Isayas Afeworki sent a high-level delegation to “chart out” the next step of the peace talks.
Ethiopians and Eritreans seem to be excited about the prospect of peace and normalcy between the two countries.