ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Eritrea announced that it will reopen its embassy in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday July 16, after over two decades of closure.
The ceremony will be part of President Isaias Afwerki’s three-day official visit to Ethiopia. Afwerki is expected in Addis Ababa on Saturday in a reciprocal visit to that of Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed last week.
“Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia will go operational on Monday,” Ethiopia’s Information Minister Ahmed Shide told a press conference on Friday. Ethiopians have been urged to turn up in large numbers to welcome the Eritrean leader.
“We urge residents of Addis Ababa and its environs in Oromiya Regional State to come out in large numbers to extend their brotherly welcome to HE President Isaias Afwerki and his delegation in the Ethiopian cultural way, with discipline and love,” he added.
#Eritrea will reopen its embassy in Addis Ababa this Sunday! The opening ceremony will take place during President Isaias' three-day state visit to #Ethiopia. 🇪🇷🇪🇹https://t.co/fqM6SPuikc pic.twitter.com/ksVNSxFUUq
— Ethiopian Mission EU (@EthiopiaEU) 13 juli 2018
Normalizing relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea is expected to transform the Horn of Africa region, ending decades of animosity during which both countries remained isolated and dominated by their security forces.