Eritrean and Ethiopian Leaders – Commitment to Peace and Security


In the words of the late Bob Marley, “How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man, to see the unification of all Africans.”


It is indeed good and pleasant to see that Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have signed a commitment to peace and security twenty years after the initial confrontation between their respective countries. The Eritrean–Ethiopian War took place from May 1998 to June 2000; however, a final peace agreement was not established.


On July 9th, Ahmed, 41-year-old and Afwerki, 71-year-old met to officially adopt a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between their countries. It is with high hopes that this agreement will provide peoples of Eritrea and Ethiopia the opportunity to focus on shared aspirations for closer political, economic, and social ties.

Since coming to power in April 2018, Ahmed has reshuffled his cabinet, fired a series of controversial and untouchable civil servants, including the head of Ethiopia’s prison service, lifted bans on websites and other media, freed thousands of political prisoners, ordered the partial privatization of massive state-owned companies, ended a state of emergency imposed to quell widespread unrest and removed three opposition groups from a list of o-called “terrorist” organizations.


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