New dawn for Ethiopian and Eritrean as border formally opened

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accompanied by the presidents of Tigray and Amhara regional states landed in Tessene, Eritrea & welcomed by President Isaias Afwerki and his delegation.

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – The Ethiopian Prime Minister, Dr Abiy Ahmed and his Eritrean counterpart, President Isaias Afwerki have formally opened a common border along the northern Tigray regional state.

Earlier on today, the Eritrean Information Minister, Yemane Meskel tweeted that President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed will preside over the formal ceremony of the opening of the Omhager-Humera border crossing point.

 One of his tweets read, “Article 3 of Joint Declaration of Peace & Friendship of July 9 provides for resumption of transport, trade & communication links between the two countries.”

The Prime Minister’s official Twitter Page, @PMEthiopia, tweeted that the Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki officially opened the Oumajir-Humera border today.

 In the tweet, he said the opening of the border will further enable the people to people connection on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade in the long term.

“PM Abiy Ahmed accompanied by the president of Tigray and Amhara regional states landed in Tessene, Eritrea & welcomed by President Isaias Afwerki and his delegation. The visit to various sites is a strengthening of normalization of Ethio-Eritrea relations,” read one of the tweets.

During the ceremony, both leaders cut a tape in the presence of officials on both sides. The President of the Tigray regional state, Debretsion Ghebremicheal, was also present.

In September last year, there was symbolic reopening of border crossings between the two countries months after a peace deal that ended decades of “no peace – no war” stance.

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