Date: Thursday, 08 November 2018
During the first tripartite meeting in September, the trio have issued a four pillar comprehensive joint declaration, which included the establishment of a high level committee tasked to oversee the multifaceted collaborations included in the declaration.
Addis Abeba, Nov. 08/2018 – PM Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, and President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, A.K.A Farmajo, of Somalia are set to meet for yet another tripartite meeting, this time in Ethiopia.
No official statement has been issued from both Ethiopia and Eritrea government representatives about the meeting. However, the state affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation yesterday reported that President Isaias Afwerki was set to visit Gonder and and Bahir Dar cities in Amhara regional state. “The President will be received by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and high level officials of Amhara regional officials. His visit will cement the relations between the two countries.”
Shortly after the statement of PM Abiy’s arrival in Gonder was issued by his office, Abdinur Mohamed, Director of Communications at the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia tweeted: “President Farmajo will travel tomorrow to Gonder, [and] Bahir Dar to attend a tripartite meeting with Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki. This meeting is to cement the outcome of the Horn of Africa economic integration agreement signed in Asmara [two] months ago.”
This is the second meeting between the three leaders of the Horn of Africa. They first met in the first week of September this year in Eritrea’s capital Asmara following which they issued a four pillar comprehensive joint declaration, which included the establishment of a high level committee tasked to oversee the multifaceted collaborations included in the declaration.