techkenyot.com
techkenyot.com September 23, 2018


Eritrea: Ethiopian Leader Arrives in Eritrea for Landmark Summit

09 July 2018, 08:15 | Glen Norman

Eritrea: Ethiopian Leader Arrives in Eritrea for Landmark Summit

Eritrea lines up Asmara streets with Ethiopian flags to welcome Ethiopia PM

In a further sign of warming ties, direct global phone calls have been restored between the two countries for the first time in more than 20 years, the Ethiopian prime minister's office said.

The two sides have remained on a war footing since then.

The countries have also agreed to re-establish trade and diplomatic ties.

Eritrea may have seen an opportunity in Abiy's reform agenda, which marks a stark departure from the approach of the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the ethnic Tigrayan party that had dominated Ethiopia's ruling EPRDF coalition since the early 1990s.

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a "joint declaration of peace and friendship", Eritrea's information minister said, a day after a landmark summit marked a start to normalisation of ties between the longtime foes.

The Algiers agreement came after the two neighbors fought a bloody war from 1998-2000 in which 70,000-80,000 people perished on both sides.

Until now, Eritrea has always said that war could resume at any time and so had national conscription, which could last indefinitely.

Bedroom Police: Iranian Teen Detained over Instagram Dance Videos
Iran has already blocked access to many social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Telegram messaging app. Iran's judiciary and security forces are dominated by hard-liners who launch periodic crackdowns on behavior deemed un-Islamic.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed arrived at Asmara International Airport on Sunday, for a meeting with Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki a moment many political commentators termed as "historic".

Abiy has also pardoned dissidents, lifted a state of emergency and pledged to partly privatise key state-owned firms.

The two embraced again at the state dinner, hosted by Isaias and broadcast on both countries' state television.

However, it has also attracted opposition from hardliners in the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the ethnic Tigrayan party that has dominated the ruling EPRDF coalition - and by association the country and economy - for almost three decades.

The deal would also include a resumption of phone connections, Ethiopia's foreign ministry said.

For the last 20 years, it has been impossible to travel directly from one nation to the other.

This raises the possibility that families who have been divided by the conflict could finally be reunited.

UK Brexit negotiator David Davis quits
George Freeman, May's former policy chief, said on Twitter that a " no deal " Brexit "just got a lot more likely". The Tory leader's hard-won proposal was agreed to at her Chequers country retreat after marathon talks on Friday.

What are other leaders saying?

The executive secretary of Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has hailed the historic efforts towards the restoration of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Uhuru Kenyatta, president of Ethiopia's neighbour, Kenya, congratulated the two leaders on Twitter adding that "we are together with you".

Kagame, who is the current Chairperson of the African Union Summit, welcomed the meeting.

He said the deal included a commitment to open embassies in Addis Ababa and Asmara and a plan to resume flights between the two capitals.

While this has opened the door for peace there is still a "long way to go to achieve lasting peace", Asmara resident Ms Mela told the BBC.

"We salute the leaders; PM of Ethiopia Dr. Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for their courage and doing the right thing for their people of the two countries!"

UK Brexit ministers Davis and Baker quit in major blow to May
In a move that could fire up eurosceptics in May's Conservative Party, a government source said that Steve Baker, a minister who worked for Davis, had also resigned .

The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa says it is not clear when Ethiopian troops will withdraw from the disputed territories.



Other News

Trending Now

Starbucks, citing environment, is ditching plastic straws
A number of local governments have recently passed legislation restricting the use and distribution of plastic straws. Several other USA cities have already implemented similar bans, or have proposed legislation in the works.

Samsung to open world’s biggest mobile phone factory
The plant spans 35 acres (141 thousand sq.m.) and aims to increase overall production of devices in India by 50%. Numerous software products designed for Samsung's smartphones in India are developed by these R&D teams.

Daredevil Tony Pastrana replicates Evel Knievel's jumps
Travis Pastrana jumps the fountain at Caesars Palace on a motorcycle Sunday, July 8, 2018, in Las Vegas . He died in 2007 at the age of 69.

Nirbhaya's rapists to be hanged, SC rejects review petition
The Court had reserved its judgement in the matter on May 4 this year after hearing the arguments on behalf of the convicts. August 31 , 2013: JJB holds minor guilty of rape and murder and confined him to a remand home for three years.

Guy Pearce Says His "Handsy" Comments Regarding Kevin Spacey Were Mischaracterized
It is the first time she has spoken about her relationship with Spacey since the allegations came to light towards the end of past year .

Prince Charles Will Confront Friend Who Slams Meghan Markle's Family
The event marked Prince Harry's first official undertaking in his new role as a Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The Duchess of Sussex attends the "Your Commonwealth" Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House, London.

Ryan Fox falls agonisingly short at Irish Open
Jorge Campillo (65) was in third place, a shot further back, and defending champion Jon Rahm was in a share of fourth after a 66. The highest of those was host Rory McIlroy, who shot a 71 to finish in the top 30 on -2.

England fans storm Ikea Stratford branch after quarter-final win against Sweden
If England versus Croatia goes to a penalty shootout, the Three Lions will certainly be in safe hands with Everton's Jordan Pickford between the sticks.

Roger Federer vs Adrian Mannarino, Wimbledon 2018 live score and latest updates
However, you can counter that by saying the pair of all-time greats usually deliver a compelling match when they face each other. Nadal is in the hunt for his first championship in England since 2010, when he defeated Tomas Berdych to win the title.

Hartley cleared for qualifying after scary crash in final practice
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton edged Kimi Raikkonen by less than one tenth of a second to set the fastest time in the session. On top of that, the team faces a fix job to ensure Hartley's auto is ready for qualifying, which starts at 2pm local time.