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President Kagame appreciates Ethiopia- Eritrea bilateral ties move

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President of Rwanda and AU Chairperson Paul Kagame has appreciated the will of Ethiopia Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Presdient of Eritrea, Isaias Afeworki to  ending decades of diplomatic and armed strife.

President Kagame says the development is in the best interest of both countries

“We salute the leaders, PM of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for their courage and doing the right thing for their people of the two countries !” he tweeted adding “ We congratulate you and are with you….!”

The remarks come after Abiy, culminating in his visit to the Eritrean capital for face-to-face talks with Isaias.

“We agreed that the airlines will start operating, the ports will be accessible, people can move between the two countries and the embassies will be opened,” Abiy said at a dinner hosted by his Eritrean counterpart.

“We will demolish the wall and, with love, build a bridge between the two countries,” Abiy continued.

The re-establishment of diplomatic and trade ties after years of bitter separation could mean big benefits for both nations, and the wider Horn of Africa region, plagued by conflict and poverty.

Once a province of Ethiopia that comprised its entire coastline on the Red Sea, Eritrea voted to leave in 1993 after a decades-long, bloody independence struggle.

The break rendered Ethiopia landlocked, and the deterioration of relations due to the continuing cold war forced Ethiopia to rely on Djibouti for its sea trade.

Fred  Masengesho Rugira/Bwiza.com

 

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