Saturday 7 July 2018 - 15:06
Eritrea, Ethiopian flags waving in Asmara, imminent visit to Abyi
After the Eritrean mission to Addis Ababa in late June
Rome, 7 July (askanews) - Ethiopian flags are waving at the entrance of the Asmara International Airport, along the streets and in front of the Eritrean capital city hall, to suggest the imminent visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abyi Ahmed. The photos, posted on the Eritrean social media, have been re-launched by the independent Ethiopian newspaper Addis Standard, claiming to have learned from various sources that the premier would be expected tomorrow in Asmara, but at the moment there are no official confirmations.
The Ethiopian government announced at the end of June, during the mission to Addis Ababa of the Eritrean Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, and of the President of the Eritrean President, Yemane Gebreab, that Prime Minister Abyi was going "soon" to Asmara.
"After nearly two decades of hostility Ethiopia and Eritrea are giving peace a new chance after Ethiopia's decision to accept the Algiers agreement" which put an end to the conflict of 1998-2000, commented Addis Standard. And on the Twitter account of the Eritrean information site Tesfanews, we read: "20 years after the border war of 1998-2000, the inhabitants of Asmara are witnesses of the first certain sign of 'peace and normalization' of relations with neighboring Ethiopia ".