Egypt welcomes peace deal between Eritrea, Ethiopia

Egypt welcomed on Monday the signing of a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Ethiopia and Eritrea to normalize ties and end their two decades of dispute.

The peace declaration was signed by a delegation led by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed with its Eritrean counterparts in Eritrea’s capital Asmara on Monday, to end mutual hostilities, settle border disputes and resume economic, political and diplomatic ties.

In a statement, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry praised the historic visit of the Ethiopian prime minister to Eritrea and affirmed that the outcome of the trip will certainly contribute to turning the page and starting a new era between the two countries.

The foreign ministry said that Abiy Ahmed’s visit ushered in a new start of relationships between the two countries, and would help achieve security and stability in the region. It also expressed hopes that the deal would be a model for all countries suffering from disputes in Africa.

The ministry further expressed Egypt’s keenness to strengthen cooperation with both Ethiopia and Eritrea and other African nations to strengthen stability, achieve development and eliminate poverty.

Speaking to media in Addis Ababa after his return from Asmara, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said there would be a technical committee to resolve the countries’ bitter border dispute and help implement the peace agreement signed in the Algerian capital of Algiers in 2000.

The Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship was signed a day after the historic summit of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. It marked a start to normalizing ties between the longtime foes.

Source: International Islamic News Agency