Eritrea reopens embassy in Ethiopia

Eritrea’s President makes historic visit to Ethiopia

Eritrea’s President makes historic visit to Ethiopia

Kejela's opinion was echoed by Aryam Worede, an Eritrean refugee living in Ethiopia, who was among dozens of Eritreans in Addis Ababa cheering the arrival of Afwerki. He was greeted by Abiy in a red-carpet welcome, with people dancing at the airport and thousands of residents of the capital, Addis Ababa, lining the streets to see Isaias' motorcade.

Ethiopia's reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made a similar visit to Eritrea's capital last weekend, welcomed by Mr Isaias with hugs and laughter.

Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Saturday for a three-day visit, Ethiopia's state-run broadcaster reported, days after the two neighbors declared their "state of war" over. A series of diplomatic breakthroughs quickly followed as one of Africa's longest-running conflicts neared an end.

In a tweet Eritrea's information minister, Yemane Meskel described the reopening of the embassy as "yet another milestone in the robust and special ties of peace and friendship both countries are cultivating with earnestness in these momentous times".

Thousands of Ethiopians lined the streets of Addis Ababa singing and chanting, wearing makeup with Eritrean and Ethiopian symbols or T-shirts with images of Afwerki and Ahmed. "I am very happy that I can reconnect with my brothers and old friends", the man said.

'Thank you for the genuine love that you all showed us, ' Mr Isaias said in return. On Saturday Isaias visited an Ethiopian industrial park in southern Ethiopia.

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The flags of both countries fluttered from lamp posts, while some waved giant Eritrean flags.

The worldwide community has embraced the reunion as a welcome development in a key, and often unstable, region along one of the world's busiest shipping lanes and across from the Arabian Peninsula.

The Eritrean leader is expected to re-open his country's embassy in Addis on Monday.

Now attention shifts to Eritrea, one of the world's most reclusive nations, which has been ruled by Isaias since it gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993. More than 70,000 Ethiopian citizens of Eritrean origin are expelled from Ethiopia. The Red Sea state initially enjoys warm ties with Ethiopia, which is led by Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.

Eritrea has reopened its embassy in Ethiopia in further evidence of a rapid thaw between the two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate over a border war in which tens of thousands died.

Eritrea is the biggest jailer of journalists in Africa, and ranks second from the bottom globally in the 2017 RSF Press Freedom Index. Kejela lost his younger brother, an Ethiopian soldier, during the two-year border war with Eritrea.

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