Eritrea and Djibouti Agree to Normalize Relations

“This is the season for peace in the Horn of Africa and this peace should be inclusive to all” – FM Osman Saleh

Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize ties
Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize ties following a new initiative that was taken by a Joint High-Level Committee established by Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia at the Tripartite Summit in Asmara.

BY REUTERS

Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalize ties a decade after a border dispute led to brief military clashes, officials said on Thursday after a regional summit.

Fighting erupted along the disputed Dumeira area after Djibouti accused Asmara of sending troops across the border. The Red Sea neighbours have been at odds ever since.

“After a long period of separation, Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to restore ties,” Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said on his Facebook page.




He spoke after delegations from Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea met in Djibouti, where they also held discussions with President Ismail Guelleh.

On Twitter, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskal said Guelleh told the ministers: “Djibouti is ready for reconciliation and formalization of its ties with Eritrea.”

The rapprochement follows the dramatic thaw in relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, which declared an end to their state of war in July and agreed to open embassies, develop ports and resume flights between the two countries after decades of hostilities.

Eritrea has been subjected to a U.N. arms embargo since 2009 over allegations that it provided support to militants in Somalia and for failing to pull troops out of disputed territory with Djibouti. Asmara denies accusations it backed Somali insurgents.

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Djibouti’s Foreign Minister Mahmoud Ali Youssouf said: “With the truthful willingness demonstrated by Eritrea and Djibouti to make peace, all other pending issues will find their way to resolution.”

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Meanwhile, Ethiopia reopened its embassy in the Eritrean capital Asmara on Thursday.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has presided over widespread reforms since his appointment in April, had earlier met Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for his second face-to-face meeting since the July accord.

A day earlier, an Ethiopian ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades and Eritrea announced plans to upgrade a road to its neighbor.

Joint High-Level Committee of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia in Djibouti
Joint High-Level Committee of Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia meeting with Djibouti Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.