Eritrea reopened its embassy in Ethiopia on Monday in further evidence of a rapid thaw between two countries that a week ago ended two decades of military stalemate after a border war in which tens of thousands died.
Ethiopiaâ€™s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritreaâ€™s President Isaias Afwerki re-opened the embassy in the capital Addis Ababa in a brief ceremony, a Reuters witness said.
One week ago, the leaders declared their â€œstate of warâ€ over and Isaias spent the weekend in Ethiopia.
The leaders jointly raised the Eritrean flag inside a newly refurbished embassy as a military band played Eritreaâ€™s anthem. They then toured the building and looked at its furniture and two rusting cars that belonged to Eritreaâ€™s last ambassador.
The Eritrean leader arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day visit on Saturday and thousands lined the Ethiopian capitalâ€™s main thoroughfare Bole Road, sporting T-shirts emblazoned with the pictures of both countriesâ€™ leaders.
The visit comes just days after Abiy visited Eritrea and signed a pact with Isaias on resuming ties, a move that ended a near 20-year military standoff after a border war.
Eritrea formally seceded from Ethiopia in 1993 after a long battle for independence, but the two fought a border war in 1998. A peace deal was signed two years later but Ethiopia refused to implement it, saying it wanted more talks.(Reuters)