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(Aska) PM Giuseppe Conte is heading to Eritrea and Ethiopia

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Tuesday 9 October 2018 - 2.08

Count in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Italy leader in support of peace

President of the Council will be 11 and 12 October in Ethiopia and Eritrea
Count in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Italy leader in support of peace

Rome, 9 October (askanews) - Italy has decided to bet on the peace agreement signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea on 16 September in Jedda, acting as leader in the process of stabilization and economic development just started in the region: the Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte , will in fact be the first head of Western State to go, on 11 and 12 October, to Addis Ababa and Asmara, after former Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi, was the prime minister of a Western country to have a three-way meeting with his counterparts from the two countries of the Horn of Africa, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The main objective of the Conte mission, said qualified sources to askanews, is "to encourage the peace process and to confirm Italy's commitment to the Horn of Africa,

Conte will meet the Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders, Abyi Ahmed and Isaias Afewerki, already protagonists last July in Asmara of a historic "fraternal embrace" that put an end to 20 years of hostility between the two countries, which have since restarted diplomatic relations , restored the telephone and air links and reopened the land borders, relaunching the trade along one of the borders that only a few months ago was one of the most militarized in the world and allowing Ethiopia, a landlocked country, to return to bring Eritreans. The peace between those who only a few months ago were the two archenemies of the region was also the driving force behind Eritrea's distension with neighboring Somalia and Djibouti, with repercussions also in neighboring South Sudan.

Conte will then arrive in the Horn of Africa at a time when the region is blowing "a wind of hope", as the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, told Jeddah, and where today it is a priority to define the dividends of peace. This issue was already dealt with in the working lunch in New York by Minister Moavero Milanesi with his counterparts in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Workneh Gebeyehu and Osman Saleh, during which he assured to his interlocutors the "convinced and effective support of Italy to the full implementation peace agreement, both bilaterally and in various international and multilateral fora ".

Political support, in the face of caution, if not skepticism, still nourished by some countries, in particular European countries, on the process started with the agreement, but also and above all economic and cooperation, in a region where the poverty and from where thousands go to Europe. "Italy is ready to accompany the economic growth and sustainable development of Ethiopia and Eritrea, through a structured strategy, with investments, cooperation interventions and programs of education and professional training, to enhance the human capital of the two countries", said Moavero, immediately giving appointment to his colleagues for the Italy-Africa Conference of October 25 in Rome. An appointment that indicates the will to follow up on that commitment,
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