ESAT News (September 6, 2018)
A tripartite declaration has been signed in Asmara today by leaders of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia to strengthen economic, security and political cooperation in the Horn of Africa.
A statement issued by Eritrea’s Ministry of Information said considering the three countries share common “geography, history, culture and religion as well as vital common interests,” they have reached an agreement to “foster comprehensive cooperation that advances the goals of their peoples.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, Somalia president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki inked the declaration today in the Eritrean capital Asmara.
“The three countries shall build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties,” the declaration said.
The countries have also vowed to work together to promote regional peace and security.
A joint high level committee has also been established by the three countries to implement the
Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a joint declaration in July to end the state of war and resume commercial and diplomatic activities that was put on hold for twenty years.
Ethiopia has also opened its Embassy in Asmara today 20 years after diplomatic ties were cut as a result of a border war.
Abiy Ahmed visited the Eritrean port of Massawa yesterday, where an Ethiopian commercial ship was docked for the first time after 20 years.