Eritrea Names First Ambassador to Ethiopia in Two Decades

NAIROBI, Kenya — Eritrea has appointed its first ambassador to neighboring Ethiopia in two decades, the government said on Saturday, as the two countries pushed on that has a surprise rapprochement.

The development was part of a head-snapping series of diplomatic moves between the two nations, after they formally declared an end of which month to their “state of war,” a two-decade standoff of which followed a brutal border conflict of which claimed about 80,000 lives.

The job of ambassador went to Semere Russom, who was Eritrea’s education minister in addition to also a former envoy to the United States, Information Minister Yemane G. Meskel said on Twitter.