Monday, 9 July 2018

Ethiopia and Eritrea declare end of war and resumption of air services

Eritrea is back on the schedule for Ethiopia’s state-owned airlines according to local media reports. The flights to Eritrea’s capital Asmara will resume next week, following the restoration of diplomatic ties and trade links after talks on Monday between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Ethiopia’s new prime minister reached out an olive branch to Eritrea, to resume diplomatic and trade arrangements and agreements that had been in disarray since a war between the two nations started in 1998.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (left) and Eritrean Prime Minister Isaias Afwerki
sign a statement declaring an end of war on July 9, 2018.

The Prime Ministers of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a joint statement on  Monday declaring an end to the state of war after decades of diplomatic and armed strife.

Ethiopia, Eritrean Information Minister Yemane G. Meskel said "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered [in]."

"Both countries will work to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas," Yemane added.