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(AP) Ethiopia says rival Eritrea sending 1st delegation this week

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Monday, 25 June 2018

Ethiopia says rival Eritrea sending 1st delegation this week

PUBLISHED: 10:07 BST, 25 June 2018 UPDATED: 10:52 BST, 25 June 2018

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) - Ethiopia says a delegation from longtime rival Eritrea is visiting this week for the first time in two decades after surprising gestures by both sides aimed at ending one of Africa's longest-running conflicts.

Ethiopia's foreign ministry gives no details on the expected visit. The two countries broke off diplomatic relations when a two-year border war began in 1998 and killed tens of thousands. The East African nations have skirmished a number of times since then.

Ethiopia's reformist new prime minister early this month shocked the country by fully embracing a 2000 peace deal that ended the war. Eritrea's longtime President Isaias Afwerki noted the "positive signals" and announced he would send a delegation to "gauge current developments directly and in depth" and plan future steps.
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