Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki is dispatching a delegation to Addis Ababa for “constructive engagement” with Ethiopia after peace overtures from its new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, a senior Eritrean diplomat said on Wednesday.
Eritrean ambassador to Japan Estifanos Afeworki said on Twitter that Isais had made the announcement of the potentially significant break-through in one of Africa’s most protracted conflicts on Wednesday. He gave no further details.
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as “positive messages”.
Speaking at a Martyrs‘ Day event in the capital, Asmara, Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and “map out future plans”.
His speech, broadcast on state television, was reported by the BBC Monitoring service.