ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua) --
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean
President Isaias Afwerki reiterated commitment towards
sustaining the historic peace agreement that ended two decades
of armed standoff among the two East African countries.
The two leaders
reiterated their respective country’s commitment as they met in
Saudi Arabia late on Sunday to sign the Jeddah Peace Accord in
the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah.
The two leaders’
meeting in the Middle Eastern nation and the eventual peace
accord so as to further strengthen the recently commenced
relations followed a series of activities aimed at developing
improved and ties deepen, the two countries’ leaders had
celebrated the traditional New Year of the two countries on
Sept. 11 together with soldiers drawn from the two countries
along the border areas.
On Sept. 6, Ethiopia
reopened its embassy in Asmara after the reopening of Eritrea’s
embassy in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on July 16.
developments are considered as a new beginning since the two
countries’ bloody two-year border war from 1998-2000 killed an
estimated 70,000 people from both sides. The war was ended by a
December 2000 Algiers peace agreement, but it left the two
countries in a state of bitter armed standoff.
Amid the easing
tensions, telecom services between the two countries have
resumed. The two countries’ flag carriers - Ethiopian Airlines
and Eritrean Airlines - have also started flights to Asmara and
Addis Ababa respectively.
Egypt welcomes Jeddah peace
accord between Eritrea and Ethiopia
CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) --
Egypt on Monday welcomed Jeddah Peace Accord that
has been signed between Eritrea and Ethiopia in the Saudi
Arabian city of Jeddah, Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a
constitutes an important development in the Horn of Africa
region and the entire continent,” the statement said.
The accord will help
end and settle conflicts between the two brother countries,
which have been going on for years, according to the statement.
Egypt looks forward
to promoting security, peace and stability in the Horn of Africa
for the interests of the regional people, the statement added.
The deal was signed
on Sunday between Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali in the Saudi Arabian
city of Jeddah.
It was sponsored by
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and attended by
the United Nation’s Secretary General Antonio Guterres, and
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, minister of foreign affairs
and international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates.
Eritrea and Ethiopia
have signed a “Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship” on
July 9, ending 20 years of enmity and formally restoring