Russia hopes that the improvement of relations between Eritrea and Somalia will contribute to the stability and security in the Horn of Africa region, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Friday.
“Moscow hopes that the improvement of good-neighbor ties between Eritrea and Somalia will have a positive impact on the overall situation on the Horn of Africa, as well as contributing to further strengthening of stability and security in the subregion and to the deepening of the integration in the framework of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development [IGAD],” the ministry said in a statement.
On July 28-30, the Somalian president paid an official visit to Eritrea for the first time in 15 years. The Somalian and Eritrean presidents agreed to restore diplomatic relations and bilateral relations. The implementation of the agreements was discussed during the Eritrean foreign ministers visit to Somalia on Monday.
The agreements were reached two weeks after Ethiopia and Eritrea had declared that their decades-long “state of war” was over.