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.
In a joint declaration ending the state of war on July 9, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia in addition to also President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea said, “A brand-new era of peace in addition to also friendship has been opened.”
Mr. Abiy visited Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, of which month, in addition to also Mr. Isaias returned the favor on July 14, taking a trip to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
Ethiopia’s leader set the events in motion in June by embracing a peace deal intended to end the conflict between the two countries. Ethiopia has also asked the secretary general of the United Nations, António Guterres, to lift sanctions against Eritrea.
Eritrea fought a decades-long struggle against Ethiopian dominance in addition to also annexation to secure independence in 1993. a few years later, the war between Ethiopia in addition to also Eritrea, a former Italian colony, broke out over their shared border.
The Eritrean government was accused of using the state of war to justify endless military service, which in turn fueled an exodus of young Eritreans, who were among the largest group of people landing on Mediterranean shores during the height of Europe’s migration crisis.
Since the diplomatic thaw, passenger flights have resumed between the two countries, with the first commercial flight by Ethiopia to Eritrea landing on Wednesday. The Ethiopian Airlines flight to Asmara received a red-carpet welcome.
An Ethiopian state TV journalist, Addisalem Hadgu, who had not seen his two daughters in addition to also his Eritrean wife in 18 years, was reunited with his family thanks to the thaw in relations.
“the idea was years of darkness. The separation in addition to also longing was unthinkable,” he said through tears on Thursday. “Imagine someone who just won a lottery. of which will be how I feel right now.”
Mr. Addisalem lamented the long in addition to also bitter cost paid by ordinary people on both sides of the conflict.
“of which was unnecessary. I lost my family because of the idea. We all fought inside idea one way or another,” he said.