Eritrean officials visit Ethiopia for first time in 20 years
June 26, 2018 4:10 pm
The first high-level Eritrean delegation to visit Ethiopia in decades has arrived for a meeting which could ease military tension.
Eritrea won independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year conflict – but a border war five years later killed tens of thousands.
Diplomatic ties have been cut between the two countries for almost 20 years.
Last week, Ethiopia’s prime minister said he would accept a peace deal awarding Eritrea disputed territory.
The deal, agreed by a border commission in 2002, had never formally been accepted by Ethiopia.
It is just one of a series of reforms Abiy Ahmed, who became prime minister after his predecessor resigned in February, has enacted since he took power.
On Sunday, a political rally he attended was hit by a grenade blast which killed two people and injured dozens, though Mr Ahmed was uninjured.
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The Eritrean delegation, led by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, was welcomed by Mr Abiy in the capital Addis Ababa, where a red carpet was rolled out and the visitors were offered garlands of flowers.