Horn of Africa leaders agree to overcome differences

Asmara hosts meeting between Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia leaders. Photo : RR

Asmara, Eritrea (ADV) – The leaders of Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea on Thursday signed a historic agreement in Asmara to permanently resolve the border dispute between Eritrea and Djibouti.

Following the signature, the three leaders hold a tripartite Summit Thursday evening to “further cement regional ties of friendship and partnership”, Abdinur Mohamed, the communications director in the office of the Somali president told reporters.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed arrived in Asmara early Thursday where Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had spent the night after arriving there from China on Wednesday, sources said.

It can be recalled that Djibouti in July petitioned the United Nation’s security council, asking the body to ‘facilitate an agreement between them upon a mutually acceptable means of peaceful dispute settlement’.

Dumeira mountain and Dumeira island are the disputed territories which Djibouti claims is being illegally occupied by Eritrea.

Both Somalia and Ethiopia have been actively working to achieve the normalization of relations between Djibouti and Eritrea.

Analysts told ADV that today’s signature among the three leaders has buttressed optimism in the international opinion that sustainable peace was finally on the horizon in the Horn of Africa region.

But analysts strongly believe that the fight against extremism and its undercurrents will pay dividends if the arms embargo imposed on Eritrea by the UN since 2009 was lifted

Calls for the 2009 Eritrean sanctions to be lifted has been strong in recent months following the peace deal between the country and Ethiopia with the latest call from ambassador Herman Cohen, a celebrated US humanitarian diplomat.

© Bur-csa – TJM / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV)