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Statement by the The White House Press Secretary on Progress Toward Peace Between Eritrea and Ethiopia


The United States is encouraged by the progress that Ethiopia and Eritrea have made to resolve longstanding disputes and normalize relations. Over the past 20 years, the frozen conflict between these states has hindered stability and economic growth in the vital Red Sea region. A durable peace will yield greater prosperity and security not only for the citizens of Ethiopia and Eritrea, but also for their neighbors, the United States, and the world.

The United States commends Ethiopia’s statement on June 5, 2018 announcing that Ethiopia fully accepts the 2000 Algiers Agreement, issued in the context of positive political and economic reforms. The United States also welcomes Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki’s June 20, 2018 commitment to send a delegation to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to advance the peace process. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki have demonstrated courageous leadership by taking these steps toward peace.

Ethiopia and Eritrea have a critical role in promoting stability and prosperity in the Horn of Africa. The United States looks forward to a full normalization of relations and the realization of our shared aspirations for both countries to enjoy enduring peace and development. As a witness to the Algiers Agreement, the United States stands ready to facilitate progress toward this goal.
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Welcome statement by Eritrea’s President Isaias to send delegation to Addis Ababa.
Normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea key for regional development and stability.

Minister of foreign affairs Sweden
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AUC Hails Ethio – Eritrea Positive Stride
ADDIS ABABA- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Wednesday, welcomed the recent positive developments in the relations between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

The Chairperson commended on the announcement made by Ethiopia on 5 June 2018, expressing its commitment to the full implementation of the Algiers Peace Agreement of 12 December 2000, as well as the decision of President Isaias Afwerki of the State of Eritrea, on 20 June 2018, to dispatch a delegation to Addis Ababa for constructive engagement with Ethiopia, which was welcomed by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, according to a statement on the AUC website.

Describing the decision of Ethiopia and Eritrea and their leaders, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki, respectively, as courageous steps, he said would encourage them to persevere on this path, in order to open a new chapter of cooperation and good neighborliness between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

He stressed that sustainable peace between the two countries will have a tremendously positive impact on peace and security, as well as development and integration, in the Horn of Africa region and the continent as a whole.

This will also be a significant contribution to the goal of ending all conflicts and wars on the continent by 2020, as pledged by the African Heads of State and Government in May 2013, he added.

In line with the pronouncements made by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government over the past years, and within the framework of relevant continental instruments, the Chairperson of the Commission reiterates the African Union’s readiness to assist the two Member States, in whichever way deemed appropriate, in addressing the challenges at hand and taking all steps required towards the full normalization of their relations, according to the statement.
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South Africa: Statement of the African National Congress On Eritrea-Ethiopia Implementing the 2000 Algiers Border Agreement
PRESS RELEASE
The ANC notes this morning’s speech by H.E. Eritrean Comrade President Isaias Afwerki on Eritrea’s Martyrs Day, as well as the Executive Committee decision of the Ethiopian governing-party’s EPRDF to

implement the Algiers Agreement of 2000.

The ANC welcomes Eritrea’s Presidential announcement to “send a delegation to Addis Abeba to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action”.

The ANC also notes His Excellency the Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed’s decision to firmly advance the recent EPRDF Executive Committee’s decision to implement the 2000 Algiers Border Agreement.

The ANC looks forward to the silencing of guns and the success in implementing the provisions of the 2000 Algiers Agreement and the 2002 Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Commission’s final and binding border ruling.

In this context, the ANC re-affirms below the 54th ANC 2017 National Conference resolutions on Building a Better Africa:

“The ANC calls on African countries to utilise their natural resources such as land, mineral and marine resources; as well as

infrastructure development programmes – for the benefit of their population.”

South Africa’s “interventions are based on the objective of finding peaceful solutions (such as post-conflict reconstruction and

development) as opposed to military interventions.”

On behalf of the African National Congress

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