Abiy arrived in Asmara in mid-morning hours today for a two-day working visit.

Abiy in Asmara to Discuss Mutual Interest with Isaias

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara on Wednesday morning for a two-day working visit.

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki welcomed the Prime Minister and his delegation on their arrival at Asmara’s International Airport.

Yemane Gebremeskel, Eritrea’s Minister of Information, said the two sides will discuss further enhancement of the all-rounded cooperation between the two countries.

The two leaders will also discuss regional and other matters of mutual interest, Yemane disclosed on his Twitter account.

PM’s delegation includes Finance Minister Ahmed Shide and CEO of Ethiopian airlines group Tewolde Gebremariam.

Abiy embarks on a two-day visit on a day that also marks one year since Ethiopian airlines resumed flight to Asmara after 20 years, following the normalization of diplomatic relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara.

The restoration of diplomatic ties and trade links was agreed this month, last year, after a historic day in Asmara of talks between the two leaders.

The nations went to war in 1998 and cut ties then, but last month Ethiopia’s new reformist prime minister offered an olive branch to Eritrea, kicking off a rapid rapprochement that has stunned the region and delighted many citizens in both states.