ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia- Neighbors Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize relations after a decade of diplomatic impasse in the most recent melting between countries in the tactical Horn of Africa region.
Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, called the decision “a historic diplomatic achievement” in a Facebook post. The advertisement came as an Ethiopia-led conciliation effort.
“( Djibouti’s) President Omar Guelleh include an indication that Djibouti is ready for reconciliation, ” Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, said here on Twitter.
Eritrea, one of the world’s most closed-off nations, and Djibouti have a border dispute increasing back to 2008. Eritrea long alleged Ethiopia of supporting Djibouti in the dispute.
Between 2010 and 2017 Qatar attempted to mediate a agreement but that endeavor disappointed, and Qatar in June 2017 withdrew its 450 peacekeeping troops from the border. Djibouti accused Eritrean military forces of residing the Dumeira mountain area shortly after the peacekeepers left.
In July, Djibouti’s U.N. diplomat invited the U.N. secretary-general to work with the Security Council to make his insignificant Red Sea port nation and Eritrea together “with the aim of facilitating an agreement.”
The ambassador noted that the council imposed sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 “because of its aggression against Djibouti and its refusal to withdraw its units from the disputed range, and any refusal of all efforts aimed at mediating between the two parties.”
Eritrea has sought the lifting of those sanctions while pointing to the region’s recent diplomatic switches. It has denied supporting the Somalia-based al-Shabab fanatic group, another reason quoth for the sanctions.
The Horn of Africa region has verified a number of diplomatic melting since Ethiopia’s reformist new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in June perfectly professed a peace deal that aimed a 1998 -2 000 frontier fight with Eritrea that killed tens of thousands. Restored diplomatic ties immediately followed.
Eritrea and Somalia in late July agreed to restore diplomatic ties, while Somalia’s leader called for sanctions on Eritrea to be removed.
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