Ethiopia Eritrea peace moves encouraging


The United States is encouraged by recent progress Ethiopia and Eritrea have made towards resolving longstanding differences, the US State Department said.

The two African countries waged a border war from 1998-2000 that killed tens of thousands. Disputes over the still-militarised frontier in particular Badme, kept the two sides at loggerheads.

On Wednesday, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough describing recent peace overtures from Ethiopia as “positive signals.”

He was responding to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s earlier pledge to honour all terms of a 2000 peace deal, include ceding Badme to Eritrea.

Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand Abiy’s position and “chart out a plan.”

Isaias and Abiy “demonstrated courageous leadership by taking these steps towards peace,” the State Department said in a statement.
“The United States looks forward to full normalisation of relations and the realisation of our shared aspirations for both countries to enjoy enduring peace and development,” it said.