Ethiopia PM sends Eritrean President grateful video message

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed has thanked Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki for accepting his olive branch.

Abiy Ahmed directly addressed his counterpart in the short film, made while he was visiting communities displaced by ethnic clashes in the south of the country.

It comes after Mr Isaias said he would send a delegation to Ethiopia for talks aimed at ending their 16-year border dispute as both nations “relish peace and harmony”.

Mr Abiy even switched to Tigrinya to ensure Mr Isaias can understand him.

 “Our brother President Isaias Afewerki, I would like to convey my gratitude for the new view you expressed today.

“We will welcome the delegation you send not as guests but as Ethiopians, and I would like to inform you that I will receive them in my office and speak with them. Peace to the people of Eritrea and peace to the people of Ethiopia.

“I believe that peace is necessary now more than anytime before and I assure you we will work together [to achieve it]. This is a great news for the Eritrean and Ethiopian people,”  he said.

Ethiopia’s ruling EPRDF coalition announced earlier this month that it would fully abide by a 2002 border ruling to cede territory to Eritrea.

BBC