Addis Ababa, September 5, 2018 (FBC) – Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed today arrived at the port of Assab, Eritrea, after attending the 7th summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), held in Beijing on September 3 and 4.
Upon arrival, the Ethiopian Premier was welcomed by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.
The Prime Minister visited the port and the 71km long road which stretches from Ethiopian border to the port. He is also expected to visit port of Massawa this afternoon.
During his two-day working visit to Eritrea, PM Dr Abiy will hold discussions with President Isaias Afwerki to assess and expedite implementation of the agreements signed last July.
Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal last July, ending one of Africa’s longest wars.
The agreement comes after 18 years of “no peace, no war” that followed two years of intense border fighting between 1998 and 2000.
Following the peace deal, the two countries agreed to regularize their ties with the opening of embassies, free travel of people, airline links, direct international telephone connection and use of ports.