Eritrea delegates arrives Addis Ababa
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Senior Eritrean delegation arrives in Addis Ababa
Asmara, 26 June 2018- A senior Eritrean delegation composed of Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Presidential Advisor, have arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the afternoon hours today.
Upon arrival at Bole International Airport, the Eritrean delegation was accorded warm welcome by the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Foreign Minister, Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, as well as other senior Ethiopian officials.
As it will be recalled, President Isaias Afwerki had stated, in his speech on Martyrs Day last week(June 20th), that Eritrea “…will send, outside myopic considerations of public relations stunts and advantages, a delegation to Addis Abba to gauge current developments directly and in depth as well as to chart out a plan for continuous future action”.
The delegation of Eritrean government sent by President Isaias Afwerki has arrived Addis Ababa this morning to start negotiations on the implementation of the Algiers Agreement signed by the two nations in December 2000 ending the bloody two years’ war.
Members of the delegation include Yemane Gebreab, Osman Saleh and Araya Desta. The delegation is expected to meet with Ethiopian officials and discuss on the details of the implementation of the Algiers Agreement as well as the restoration of the friendship between the brotherly people.
The decision of the two countries to engage in peaceful dialogue and end their dispute came after the newly elected Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia announced a few weeks ago his government’s decision to start implementing the Algiers Agreement without any preconditions.
Following Ethiopia’s decision, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea announced his plan to send delegation to Addis Ababa.
The war between the two countries has led to the death of over 70,000 people on both sides. It has also cased destructions of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth goods, which were on Port of Assab imported by Ethiopian businesses and governments.