Ethiopia authorities plan to welcome a high-level delegation from its neighbouring Eritrea this week in Addis Ababa for the first time since 1990.
Ethiopian and Eritrean authorities announced their aims to resolve one of Africa’s most intractable conflicts.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has outlined a series of radical reforms since taking office in April, made a surprising pledge this month to honour all the terms of a peace deal that ended the conflict.
Abiy, who was at a rally hit by a grenade attack on Saturday, said earlier this month he was prepared to honour international rulings that put Badme, which Ethiopia has refused to cede, in Eritrea.
On Monday, an Ethiopian Foreign Affairs ministry spokesman said representatives from the neighbouring Horn of Africa nation would arrive in Addis Ababa this week.
“A delegation from Eritrea will arrive in Addis Ababa this week,” he told the media
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough last week by describing the recent peace overtures from Abiy as “positive signals”.
Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1991 after decades of guerrilla struggle.