Jul 10, 2018 16:41 Asia/Tehran

EU and AU announced on Monday that normalizing relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, will bring stability, peace, and security to the African continent.

The European and African unions issued issued statements on Monday congratulating leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea – Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki respectively, for resolving to establish friendly relations after two decades of armed hostilities.

According to an AU statement attributed to the Chairperson of the body, the ongoing normalization process between Eritrea and Ethiopia is a milestone in Africa’s efforts to silence the guns by 2020. and breaking a twenty year old deadlock in bilateral relations, it raises unprecedented prospects for reconciliation and paves the way for enhanced regional cooperation and stability in the Horn of Africa.

Prime Minister Abiy returned to Addis Ababa on Monday (July 9) after a two-day official visit to Asmara, where he was warmly received by the government and people of Eritrea.  At the end of his visit, the two countries signed a five-point agreement ending twenty years of war , and restoring relations between them. 

Meanwhile, the  European and African Unions have declared their readiness to mobilize the support needed to consolidate the normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea and to build on new opportunities for regional cooperation.