In a highly positive gesture of improvement of relations between the two neighbours after signing of a peace agreement earlier in the year, Ethiopia has reopened its embassy in Eritrea after a gap of 20 years.
Abiy Ahmed, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia was present at the occasion along with Isaias Afwerki, the President of Eritrea and many senior officials from both the nations. Redwan Hussein will be the new ambassador of Ethiopia.
The July 09 agreement between the two countries was a landmark step by both the sides to put to rest hostility shared by the both the nations for over two decades. Eritrea had opened its embassy in Ethiopian capital in July post which air links between the two were also re-established. Passenger flights were started between Asmara and Addis Ababa. Eritrea had been a part of Ethiopia since 1993 when it became independent. The two countries ever since were roped in a bad dispute over the dividing line. Ethiopia also refused to abide by the UN ruling to cede land to Eritrea after the 1998-2000 war. It was in June, that Ethiopia gave up its claim over the disputed territory and agreed to comply with the UN peace agreement to cede land to Eritrea.