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Ethiopia, Eritrea to normalize relations

AFP ADDIS ABABA (AFP-Jiji) — Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his country would normalize relations with neighboring Eritrea following an historic meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in Asmara on Sunday, aimed at ending decades of diplomatic and armed strife.

The announcement capped weeks of whirlwind change, driven by Abiy, culminating in his visit to the Eritrean capital for face-to-face talks with Isaias.

“We agreed that the airlines will start operating, the ports will be accessible, people can move between the two countries and the embassies will be opened,” Abiy said at a dinner hosted by his Eritrean counterpart.

“We will demolish the wall and, with love, build a bridge between the two countries,” Abiy continued.

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