What was interesting to see is how the people of both nations felt about the Ethio-Eritrean thaw. There are still unfortunate conflicts going around the country, and the security apparatus is in disarray, but it is hard not to notice that Abiy's philosophy of reconciliation and positive-sum, Medemer, has received acceptance by many Eritreans and Ethiopians.
Abiy's arrival in Asmara, the culturally significant capital of Eritrea, as witnessed on our Tv screens, was touching. He, and the delegation he led, were greeted by thousands of joyous Eritreans.
On this historic day, protocols were broken. People hugged and kissed the Prime Minister. Some suggest that this could have created unexpected problems, but I believe it showed the kind of nostalgia and love that Eritreans and Ethiopians share despite two decades of political and border disputes that kept them apart for almost two decades.
It was also notable how altruistic Issayas, both in Asmera and Addis Abeba, appeared to be, pointing to Abiy as the engine that brought about the warming up of the relations.