The Red Sea city of Jeddah will host a trilateral summit between Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Eritrea on Sunday, diplomatic sources in the Saudi capital Riyadh said.
The sources said that "during the summit will be signed between the Ethiopian and Eritrean sides on a reconciliation agreement, in the presence of Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman."
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abe Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki are scheduled to arrive in Jeddah on Saturday or Sunday morning.
The two countries reopened their common border yesterday for the first time in 20 years, paving the way for trade exchange between the two sides, after a historic reconciliation.
The Eritrean and Ethiopian sides appreciated the wisdom of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, the contribution of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, in sponsoring the peace agreement. Will benefit the two parties directly, and the Horn of Africa in general. "
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir visited Eritrea and Ethiopia last month as part of Saudi efforts to promote reconciliation between the two countries.
Yesterday, the border was reopened in the Buri area, which witnessed some of the fiercest battles during the two-year war between 1998 and 2000.
Tension remained between the two sides, even after the fighting ended, until Abe's offer earlier this year ended tensions in a reform package that reshaped the political situation in the Horn of Africa and beyond.
Eritrea was an Ethiopian province before it declared independence in 1993 following the expulsion of Ethiopian troops from its territory in 1991. A dispute over demarcation led to a 1998-2000 war that killed 80,000 people before the conflict turned into a cold war.