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( An Ethiopian freighter docks in an Eritrean port for the first time in 20 years

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Wednesday, 05 September 2018


An Ethiopian freighter docks in an Eritrean port for the first time in 20 years


An Ethiopian freighter landed today in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades after the two countries agreed to end the state of war that has marked relations between them in this period, local media reported.

The Ethiopian television Fana indicated that the ship, called Mekelle, arrived at the port of Massawa from Saudi Arabia, and that its next assignment will be to transport 11,000 tons of Eritrean zinc to China.

The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, is in Eritrea today to continue negotiations with the president of this country, Isaias Afewerki.

According to the Ethiopian portal Addis Standard, Abiy traveled the 71 kilometers of road that separates the Ethiopian border from the Eritrean port of Assab, in the south of Eritrea, and this afternoon will move to Massawa, further north, to visit its port facilities.

One of the main plans of Abiy, who acceded to the position the past 2 of April after the resignation of his predecessor, Hailemariam Desalegn, is to look for marine exits in neighboring countries to resuscitate the Navy, disappeared in 1996.

Ethiopia has no outlet to the sea since it lost the War of Independence of Eritrea in 1991.

In his first days as prime minister, Abiy visited neighboring nations with outings to the sea such as Djibouti, Sudan and Kenya.

However, on July 8, Abiy and Afewerki held the first meeting of leaders of both countries in two decades, and a day later they signed the peace agreement and agreed to reestablish bilateral relations and respect the borders set out in a 2000 agreement. which opened the possibility for Ethiopia to use the ports of Eritrea.

Eritrea became independent from Ethiopia in 1993, but border disputes led the two countries to a war (1998-2000) that caused tens of thousands of deaths for both sides, and that ended after the signing of the Algiers Agreement, signed on 12 December 2000.

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