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Ethiopian Government, ONLF Leaders Meet in Asmara

onlf-ethiopia-meetingSeptember 17, 2018 - Ethiopian government met members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) in Asmara, according to Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane G. Meskel.

The Ethiopian delegation included Ahmed Shide, Federal communication minister and Chairman of the Somali People’s Democratic Party, and the newlt elected President of Somale region, Mustafa Muhumed Omer. The ONLF team was led by its chairman Admiral Mohamed Omar.

Yemane said both parties reached a common understanding on the issues discussed.

‘‘They agreed to work together peacefully to protect the interests of the p

Ethiopia, Eritrea Open Borders for New Year, Hundreds Celebrate

Eritrea-Ethiopia-border-openSeptember 11, 2018 - Ethiopia and Eritrea opened their common borders for the first time in twenty years. Hundreds of people from the two countries crossed the border near Zalambesa and Burre and hugged each other and some wept as their leaders led celebrations to mark the reopening.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki visited the Debay Sima-Burre border crossing with members of their countries’ armed forces to observe the Ethiopian new year, as New York times reported. They then did the same at the Serha-Zalambesa crossing, the Eritrean information minister, Yemane Meskel, said.

Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia to Pursue Closer Ties

Ethiopia-Eritrea-Somalia-Sign-CooperationSeptember 6, 2018 - Ethiopian, Eritrean and Somali leaders held a tripartite meeting in the Eritrean capital Asmara yesterday, according to FBC report.

Following the meeting, the leaders signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement in the Eritrean capital.

They agreed to foster comprehensive cooperation that advances the goals of their peoples and build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties.

Moreover, the three leaders agreed to work in coordination to promote regional peace and security.

They also established a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their

Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara Officially Opens Tomorrow

Ethiopian-Embassy-AsmaraSeptember 5, 2018 - The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, who is in a suprise visit to Asmara, Eritrea, officially re-opened The Ethiopian Embassy in Asmara.

The Ethiopian embassy in Asmara will start servicing beginning tomorrow.

Ethiopia has appointed Redwan Hussein as its ambassador to Eritrea.

Eritrea re-opened its Embassy in Addis Ababa last July.

Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki held brief ceremony during the opening of the embassy.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Makes a Surprise Visit to Eritrea

Abiy-Ahmed-second-visit-EritreaSeptember 5, 2018 - Making unannounced visit, Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed arrived in Asmara yesterday after quick visits to port cities of Assab and Massawa.

The Ethiopian Prime Minister visited both port cities of Eritrea, as well as the road connecting Assab to the Ethiopian border.

The current visit to Eritrea by the Ethiopian Prime Minister was not announced to the public in advance.

The event also marked the first ever docking in some twenty years of Ethiopian ship named Mekelle at the port city of Massawa.

The Ethiopian Premier is said to be happy with ongoing preparatory

Ethiopian Ship Docks in Eritrean Port, First in Two Decades

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopian-ship-docks-MassawaSeptember 5, 2018 - An Ethiopian commercial ship on Wednesday docked at the Eritrean port of Massawa for the first time in two decades.

The Ethiopian vessel named “Mekelle” with 166 meters length and 27 height, will be heading to China carrying 11,000 tonnes of Zinc from Eritrea.

The docking followed the visit of Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed to the port cities of Assab and Massawa of Eritrea.

The Prime Minister also visited the 71km-road that stretches from Ethiopian border to Asab port.

The commencement of today’s cargo operation proves th

Ethiopia, South Sudan Sign Border Security Agreement

Ethiopia-South-Sudan-Border-SecuritySeptember 3, 2018 - Ethiopia and South Sudan signed joint border security agreement to stop the flow of arms and illegal businesses between the two countries, according to report on Daily Nation.

The two countries inked the agreement following two-day border security meeting that ended in Gambella last week.

From South Sudan side, the Governor of Boma State, Gen David Yau Yau, and from Ethiopia, Dr Gatluak Tut Khot, the President of Gambella region, signed the agreement.

“There will be joint security force in the common border between the two states to clear or dismantle anti-peace elemen

South Africa Anti-Immigrant Mob Kills One Ethiopian, Wounds Another

South-Africa-anti-immigrant-mobAugust 31, 2018 - Ethiopian Foreign Ministry disclosed an Ethiopian national was killed and another injured in anti-immigrant violence in Soweto, South Africa.

The Ethiopian embassy in Pretoria yesterday advised Ethiopian nationals who live in Soweto and its environs to take the necessary precautions.

The injured Ethiopian is receiving medical treatment, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (MFA).

The embassy said it is working to ensure the safety of Ethiopians living in South Africa.

Ethiopians living in the area are advised to contact the embassy. Thos

Ethiopian Airlines Acquires 49 Percent of Chad National Carrier

By Staff Reporter

Chad-Carrier-EthiopianAugust 24, 2018 - Ethiopian Airlines has signed a joint venture agreements with the government of Chad to launch Chad National Carrier with Ethiopian having 49 percent stake in the business and the Government of Chad retaining 51 percent.

The new Chad National Carrier is set to go into operation on October 1, 2018.

“The strategic equity partnership in the launching of the new Chad national carrier is part of our Vision 2025 multiple hub strategy in Africa, Tewolde Gebremariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines," said on Friday in a statement.

“The new Chad national carrier will s

Eritrea Considers Building New Port

Eritrea-New-PortAugust 22, 2018 - Eritrea is reportedly considering building a new port on its Red Sea coastline to export potash from deposits being developed there, Eritrean mines ministry official said.

Plans for the harbor signal the country’s reemergence as a potential investor destination after its surprise rapprochement with neighboring Ethiopia last month ended two decades of political tensions.

The facility could be used to ship potash from Ethiopia and adds to a series of port developments in the strategically located region by nations including Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan and the self-declared Republic of Somaliland.

The port woul

Ethio-Eritrea Relations and the Challenges Ahead

By Staff Reporter

Ethiopia-Eritrea-PeaceAugust 21, 2018 - In any renewed relations like that happening between Ethiopia and Eritrea, every decision with economic, diplomatic, trade and people to people interactions should be handled with at most care and governed by win-win agreements.

With the election of Dr. Abiy Ahmed as Prime Minister of Ethiopia in April this year, the governments of Eritrea and Ethiopia have agreed to normalize relations, ending two decades of hostilities between their governments.

Commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Asmara resumed immediately following visits by both leaders, and various agreements have been

Ethiopia Denies Reports of Troop Withdrawal from Eritrean Border

No-troop-withdrawal-EthiopiaAugust 18, 2018 - Ethiopia denies reports of troop withdrawal from the Eritrean border, according to the Reporter.

Last week, it was reported that Ethiopian troops were withdrawing from Shiraro, a front close to Badme. Military trucks and public transport buses were said to have been  transporting Ethiopian troops from the area.

'Reports of Ethiopian troops withdrawal from the border area is not true, Motumma Mekassa,' Minister of Defense, told The Reporter. However, he did not deny that there has been some movement of troops at the Shiraro Front.

“This is just a normal routine for our

Eritrean President Isaias to Visit Amhara Regional State

Eritrean-President-Visiting-Amhara-StateAugust 17, 2018 - Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki will visit Ethiopia's Amhara regional state soon, according to information released from the head of the regional state’s communication affairs bureau, Nigusu Tilahun.

No date has been given for duch a visit by the Eritrean President, nor the purpose of the meeting.

It is also learnt that a state delegation led by speaker of the council of Amhara state will be traveling to Asmara soon.

Amhara state delegation traveled to Asmara this week and met with representatives of the Amhara Democratic Forces Movement (ADF

Ethiopia Providing Emergency Medical Services to Returnees from Djibouti

Ethiopian-returnees-DjiboutiAugust 15, 2018 - Ethiopia has established emergency healthcare centers to provide medical service to Ethiopians returning from neighboring Djibouti, Ethiopia's Ministry of Health revealed on Wednesday.

Amir Aman, Ethiopian Minister of Health, said on Wednesday that four emergency healthcare centers have been established in Dire Dawa and its surroundings to provide necessary medical treatment to Ethiopians who are returning from Djibouti as recent violent clashes ignite safety concerns.

The move came amid a reported revenge attack against Ethiopians in the Red Sea nation over the past few days following recent violent

In Revenge Attack, Six Ethiopians Killed in Djibouti - Report

Ethiopians-killed-DjiboutiAugust 11, 2018 - Witnesses in Djibouti say six people of Ethiopian origin have been killed in alleged revenge attacks over the past three days, according to Ethiopia Observer. The witnesses said the Ethiopians were killed in separate incidents, mostly during night time, by Djiboutians. Hundreds are also wounded, according to multiple witnesses. Ethiopian-owned shops were looted in Djibouti city yet police did not intervene, the Ethiopians said, though the Djiboutian government has condemned the violence. These reports have not been confirmed by other outlets so far.

The violence has been triggered following attacks that left six Djiboutian

Eritrean Delegation Visiting Ethiopia to Discuss Peace Deal

Eritrea-Delegation-Addis-AbabaAugust 10, 2018 - Eritrean delegation is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the implementation of the recently announced peace deal between the two countries, according to Africa News.

The Eritrean delegation will include Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and presidential adviser Yemane Gebreab, according to Eritrean Information Minister .

The “delegation will deliver a message from President Isaias Afwerki to Prime minister Abiy Ahmed and discuss progress of the implementation of the agreement,” Minister Yemane Meskel said in a tweet.

PM Abiy visit

Djibouti Airlifts 1700 Citizens from Eastern Ethiopia

Djibouti-Airlift-Ethiopia

August 8, 2018 - Djibouti airlifted a total of 1,700 nationals from Ethiopia as of Monday following attacks on some nationals in the Ethiopian city of Dire Dawa.

Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf confirmed airlift from Ethiopia and reaffirmed the country’s ties with neighbouring Ethiopia and that there was no reason for Ethiopians in Djibouti to panic.

He said the government was in constant communication with Addis Ababa with respect to securing the lives of Djiboutians in Ethiopia.

Hea said, the two peoples of Djibouti and Ethiopia have always been living together in harmony. This is not going to chang

Former PM Hailemariam Desalgn Meets Mengistu Hailemariam in Zimbabwe

Mengistu-Hailemariam-2018August 1, 2018 - Ethiopian former Prime Minsiter Hailemariam Desalgne met Ethiopian dictator Colonel Mengistu Hailemariam in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Wednesday.

The former leader of Ethiopia was never seen on media, except for giving behind the scenes interview several years ago. The picture released shows a considerably older and shorter man standing next to Hailemariam Desalegn.

The surprise meeting between Hailemariam Desalegne and the Mengistu Hailemariam has suprised many Ethiopians.

There has been calls from some Ethiopians for his return to Ethiopia to live free of any penalty.

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Eritrean President Appoints Semere Russom as Ambassador to Ethiopia

By Staff Reporter

Semere-Russom-Eritrean-AmbassadorJuly 22, 2018 - Eritrea’s President Isayas Afwerki has appointed Semere Russom as Ambassador to Ethiopia in a reciprocal assignment with its giant neighbor.

The appointment of ambassadors in one another's country comes after Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders formally restored relations early this month, ending 20 years of enmity. That has been followed by expression of love and respect to each other by citizens of both countries.

“President Issays Afeworki has appointed the current Minister of Education Semere Russom as ambassador to Ethiopia,” Eritrea&rs

Eritrean President Arrives in Addis Ababa for Three-Day State Visit

By Staff Reporter

Isaias-in-Addis-AbabaJuly 14, 2018 - Eritrean President Isayas Afeworki arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday for a three-day state visit.

The visit comes just days after Ethiopia’s news Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Eritrea and signed a peace pact with Isayas on resuming ties, a move that ended a near 20-year military standoff after a border war.

Isayas was greeted warmly at the airport by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and thousands who lined up along Bole Road and Masqel Square, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the pictures of leaders.

People were over the Eritrean pre

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