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Asmara Gets Ready For Historic Visit By Ethiopian Prime Minister

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Asmara Gets Ready For Historic Visit By Ethiopian Prime Minister

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is not yet done with surprises and this time he is flying to Eritrea with an entourage of aides including; technical, business and diplomatic experts.

This is a follow-up on the recent ice-breaker visit by the Eritreans who were in Addis Ababa just few days ago. The two countries had never established peaceful contact for more than 20 years.

Eritrea was once part of the larger federal Ethiopia but succeeded triggering prolonged military incursions that led to the death and displacement of millions of people on either side.

For all these years Ethiopia and Eritrea did not agree on the border and regularly renegaded on ceasfire treaties. However, Prime Minister Abiy says enough is enough and there shouldn’t be more suffering.

The government in Asmara has instructed all its civil servants to make extensive preparations to welcome Ethiopia’s Prime minister who is expected to visit Eritrea on Sunday.

Government institutions have informed their employees to come out to the streets of Asmara at 7:30am local time to welcome the Ethiopian leader.

central East Asmara, Eritrea

While addressing millions of supporters at a rally in Mesqel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 23, Prime Minister Abiy said that; No army, no government, no terrorist and no criminal against humanity can stop an idea whose time has come. The time for truth, peace, reconciliation and peace has come to Ethiopia now.

“Nothing and no one can stop our march on the two roads Nelson Mandela named for us: Goodness and Forgiveness.”

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  1. sebleephrem93

    July 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    An article so shallow and flippant in content, balance and veracity of an event that the rest of #Africa should be proud of is a disgrace to the integrity of @Taarifa . The historic state visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to #Eritrea is upon the invitation from President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea. It was a thoroughly considered and planned event – though it appears to be a surprise to the uninitiated and all those who were not privy to the works of the two nations, including #MSM. Long may they be kept out.

  2. Mike

    July 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    This article contains some errors. For the record, I believe they should be corrected.

    1. Eritrea, with the help of the Tgrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) managed to chase Colonel Menghistu to Zimbabwe & later hold a Referendum for independence, but can hardly be accused of triggering incursions that “killed millions of people on both sides”, as you put it. That gives the Eritrean struggle, a very negative connotation. Th Federation was illegally abrogated, by late Emperor Haile Selassie, hence triggering the 30 year conflict.

    2. Eritrea never “reneged on any ceasefire treaty” and the border decision was rendered at the Hague, which both countries a- priori agreed to respect & uphold without the possibility for appeals & as final & binding. The decision was rendered based on colonial border treaties signed between the Italians & Emperor Menelik II of Abissinia, in the years 1900, 1902 & 1908. And as you know, in Africa, colonial boundary treaties are sacrosant.

    After the decision however, Ethiopia, with the tacit support of both the Bush & Obama administrations, flaunted an international court decision with no consequences whatsoever for 18 years.

    Now, with the popular revolt in Ethiopia propelling this new progressive Prime Minister with genuine peace on his mind, Eritrea decided to open its doors.


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