Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Eritrea: Career diplomat named ambassador to Ethiopia

Eritrea: Career diplomat named ambassador to Ethiopia

The job went to Semere Russom, Eritrea's current Education Minister and former Ambassador to the U.S. Information Minister Yemane Meskel said on Twitter. Ethiopia's ex-ambassador to Ireland, Redwen Hussien, will become Addis Ababa's Asmara representative.

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His most daring move, however, was to reach out to Eritrea's enigmatic President Isaias Afwerki to end hostilities, which originated in a territorial dispute and festered into a situation of "no war, no peace" when Ethiopia failed to abide by an worldwide commission ruling that went against its claims.

The newly appointed Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed first initiated the peace overtures and restoration of relations in April.

Back in May 1998, the Ethiopian-Eritrean border conflict erupted and lasted until June 2000.

"The two countries, in agreeing to this peace deal, have demonstrated leadership that we need to tell the world not to build walls between the hearts of families, communities and nations", she added.

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Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki arrived Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital on Saturday for a three-day visit, days after the two neighbours declared their "state of war" over.

Another person confirmed the announcement at the ceremony, attended by President Isaias Afwerki.

Last month, Abiy announced Ethiopia would accept the demarcation and cede land to Eritrea.

Kejela lost his younger brother, an Ethiopian soldier, during the two-year border war with Eritrea.

The 71-year-old Eritrean strongman left Addis shortly after the embassy opening, EBC reported. It has ushered in new business opportunities, a new flight route for Ethiopian Airlines between the two countries, new diplomatic relationships, ambassadors were appointed and new embassies opened.

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