Prime Minister Abiy Holds Talks with President Isaias in Asmara

ADDIS ABEBA – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has held talks with Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki over various bilateral and regional issues in Asmara.

Prime minister Abiy was in Eritrea for a two-day official visit starting from Saturday. He was welcomed in the capital Asmara by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and other senior officials.

Yemane Geberemeskel, Eritrea’s Information Minister, said the two leaders conferred on various bilateral and regional issues.

In their extensive meeting Saturday, Isaias and Abiy reviewed the progress achieved and obstacles encountered in the past two years in the implementation of the historic peace deal in July 2018.

“The two sides agreed to further bolster the prevailing, all-rounded, cooperation between the two countries,” said Yemane in a statement posted on Twitter.

“They also agreed to work together to enhance regional cooperation in the Horn firmly aware that this is pivotal for nurturing robust ties anchored on mutual complementarity,” he added.

During the visit, Abiy was accompanied by State Minister of foreign affairs Ambassador Redwan Hussein and Speaker of Parliament Tagesse Chaffo.

Accompanied by President Isaias Afwerki, Abiy and his delegation visited agricultural and infrastructural development in various parts of Eritrea on Sunday morning.

The delegation also inspected, during their stop-over at Sawa Airport, graduation-parade rehearsals of the 33rd Round of the National Service.

Prime Minister Abiy returned to Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon. Yemane called the two-day “fruitful working visit”.

Relations between the neighboring countries were restored in June 2018 after two decades of mistrust and tensions.

They fought a bloody war from 1998 to 2000 that claimed around 70,000 lives.

Abiy won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for leading efforts to normalize Ethiopia and Eritrea’s ties and for making regional peace a priority.

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