Ethiopian prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, and his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki, signed agreements to open embassies, restore flight services and for Ethiopia to use port facilities in Eritrea. The signing took place in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara, before Abiy flew back to Ethiopia.
“The march toward peace might have been a long time coming but we have faith in the love and solidarity of our people,” said Abiy at the signing. “We can now imagine a future where we see no national boundaries or high walls dividing us. The people of our region are joined in common purpose.”
The severed telecommunications links between the two countries was soon lifted prompting residents to make phone calls across the border.
Ethiopia’s prime minister said his government wanted to implement a deal restoring relations with former foe Eritrea quickly, to “make up for lost opportunities.”
Ethiopians expressed their exhilaration on social media and changed their profile pictures to a photos of the two leaders embracing.
The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, who is visiting Ethiopia, said the resumption of relations between the two countries was “illustrative of a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”.