Ethiopia, Eritrea reopen border
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have reopened their border crossing points.
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali “officially opened the Debay Sima-Burre border point between the two countries for road transport connectivity,” Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Fitsum Arega, Ali’s Chief of Staff, said the leaders also celebrated the Ethiopian New Year together at the border.
“PM Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki are visiting Burre Front along Ethiopia-Eritrea border to celebrate the New Year with members of the Ethiopian and Eritrean Defense Forces following the full normalization of the relations between the two countries. #Ethiopia #Eritrea,” Arega tweeted.
Arega also posted pictures showing Ali and Isaias walking side by side on his Twitter account.
The Horn of Africa nations had been at loggerheads since Ethiopia rejected a United Nations ruling and refused to cede land to Eritrea along the countries’ border following the 1998-2000 war.
In July, the two parties inked an agreement on resuming diplomatic and commercial relations, signaling an end to almost two decades of hostility.
Back then, Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia, and Addis Ababa reciprocated last week.
The two nations have also resumed flights.