The African National Congress commends and congratulates His Excellencies, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. AbiyAhmed Ali on the successful conclusion of the Asmara Summit's watershed "Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia", which was signed on Monday, July 9 2018.
The ANC concurs with the Asmara Joint Declaration that over the past twenty years some forces have denied the opportunity to build a bright future based on common heritage for their peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia. We stand ready assist our sister countries in making up for lost opportunities and creating an even bigger golden opportunities including, where required, to facilitate intimate political, economic, social, cultural and security cooperation that serves and advances the vital interests of the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
We are elated that transport, trade and communications links between the two sister countries will resume and that diplomatic ties and activities will restart in earnest. We note with joy, the announcement by Ethiopian Airlines that regular flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara will begin next week and that direct telephone calls between the two capitals are now operational.
We note the positive implications of this emerging regional Ethiopian-Eritrea partnership will have, in advancing the challenging road ahead to regional peace, development and cooperation, most notably in South Sudan, Sudan and Somalia. The ANC looks forward to successful implementation of the provisions of the 2000 Algiers Agreement and the 2002 Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Commission's final and binding decision.
The ANC also warmly compliments the decisive Ethiopian Prime Minister's formal request to the UN Secretary-General for the lifting of the US-led, UN Sanctions on Eritrea. We are certain that victory belongs to the masses.
Viva the leadership and peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia!
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