Abiy Heads to Asmara for Trilateral Meeting with leaders of Eritrea, Somalia

ADDIS ABABA – Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed is in Asmara to attend a trilateral meeting involving Eritrean leader Isaias Afewerki and Somalia president Mohammed Abdullahi.

Abiy headed to Eritrea earlier this evening and was received by Isaias. “During the stay, Prime Minister Abiy is will hold trilateral talks with President Isaias Afwerki and President Mohammed Abdullahi of Somalia,” said the PM Office in a brief statement.

Relations between Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea have been renewed since PM Abiy came to power in March 2018.

The three leaders first met in Asmara the same year in a bid, according to authorities, to “cement the outcome of the Horn of Africa economic integration agreement”.

The leaders also met in September to lay the groundwork for the agreement, the details of which remain vague.

They will now hold similar discussion again in Asmara which Prime minster Abiy said, in a twitted message, will focus on “a wide range of issues”.

“I will be meeting with my brothers, the leaders of Eritrea and Somalia. President Isaias Afwerki, President Mohammed Abdullahi and I will discuss on a wide range of issues,” he said.

Abiy made peace with Eritrea to end decades of enmity, a feat that earned him worldwide praise and contributed to his Nobel Peace Prize win in 2019. In December, Abiy and Isaias met in Addis Ababa where the Eritrean leader said pledged that he would open a new chapter of cooperation between their people and the rest of the region.

Image Caption: Abiy, who arrived in Asmara this evening,  was received by President Isaias. [Photo PM Office]