Eritrean president visits Ethiopia again

This marks the second visit since relations have thawed Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki arrived in Addis Ababa early on Sunday for a two-day visit. Ethiopian Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed welcomed Afeworki at the Addis Ababa Bole international

This marks the second visit since relations have thawed

Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki arrived in Addis Ababa early on Sunday for a two-day visit.

Ethiopian Prime Minster Abiy Ahmed welcomed Afeworki at the Addis Ababa Bole international airport.

This is the second visit to Addis Ababa by the Eritrean president since relations between both countries thawed after decades of tension.

The visit was meant to discuss the implementation of the comprehensive cooperation agreement the two countries signed on July 9.

Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia in 1993, and from 1998 to 2000 the two countries fought a bloody war in which an estimated 70,000 people perished on both sides.

The two countries broke two decades of tension after Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed extended an olive branch to the Eritrean president in his inaugural speech in April.

Both opened their respective embassies while Eritrea allowed Ethiopia to use its red sea ports.

On Sept. 12 the two leaders announced the opening of the borders allowing for free movement of goods and people leading numerous families to reunite.

The border opening however caused thousands of Eriteans to flock into Ethiopia demanding asylum.

“We are overwhelmed, ” UNHCR spokesman Kisut Gebregziabher told Anadolu Agency adding that nearly 10,000 Eritreans had come to Ethiopia so far.

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  • Alex October 15, 2018

    We Eritreans expect nothing from the dictator but probably he went to Addis to say to prime minister Abey the following:

    1) it is almost 2 weeks since our honeymoon in Saudi Arabia, I missed you so much abeyay. 2) dear our leader prime minister Abey you are doing great job but regarding the solidaries who protested 3 days ago your reaction was completely unacceptable. You should have put them all in prison. I was extremely disappointed by your action. Dear my leader abey, remember we are living in Africa, and Africa soliders need big stick and I have good experience in this matter, you know in Eritrea no one talk to me. Forget the soliders, even the civilias. If they talk we have 326 prison places and now we are planning another 20

    . You know abey you have been engaged with constructing factories and many houses, naval forces and well-done but in Eritrea I have was destroying many new constructed buildings ( around Asmara, Addikieh etc)..one day when you come I will show the ruins. you ( Abey) have managed to bring all the opposition groups to Ethiopia but I ( Isayas) have dismanted the opposition groups in exile and it is good plan we have opened roads between Eritrea and Tigray and the remaining people will come to Addis Ababa.. you see abey I have planned this long long time ago. The Eritreans soliders are tired off and they are non existence. Abey replied, oh it is clever idea, appreciated. .then isu said, you see now we can do what ever we want. We can go together to Addis, Asmara, Riyadh, Dubai, Awassa, Assab, Massawa,

    You invited all Ethiopians to come back home and can invest in their country and I ( Isayas) have almost empited the population of Eritrea, you see I am very clever. I have planned this for the last 25 years and finally I succeed. You have released all political prisoners , well done. But this is redline for me, I will never ever do this, because thos who are in prison they are our enemies, enemies of Ethiopia. finally abey replied well done iisu, bravo. And Probably I have to consider to give you my power to govern our country. What do you think ISU? Of course I was expecting that but let’s wait abite until we finish our honeymoon.

  • Alex October 15, 2018

    Isayis said, dear abey, do you know that I have kicked out all the rich merchants and professionals from Eritrea some years ago and put some of them in prison.? With regard to the very few rich merchants who are still remained in Eritrea I have started to take them to prison. So Now it is good time to send Ethiopian investors to Eritrea and many people as possible as you can..

    Abey replied, this is a brilliant idea ISU. We will do it as soon as possible. It makes sense in terms of economic dominance, demographic change.and An intermingling of culture .

  • sami October 15, 2018

    I believe the main reason for DIA’s second visit to Ethiopia within 2 – 3 months is to help
    in the mediation between the government of Dr. Abiy and OLF {Oromo Liberation Front} leader
    Mr Dawud Ibssa {best friends with DIA}. The Oromo Liberation Front OLF have so far refused to be
    disarmed even though some of their forces had to be disarmed whilst they were in Eritrea as agreed for the peace.

  • k.tewolde October 15, 2018

    You took it a notch this time Gezae,it is a very extensive wish list,however even God is perplexed by your pledge to convert the tyrant to a saint He is taking an extended vacation to think about it.If this is not an outright audio and visual hallucination what is?!!! Zyprexa anyone.

  • Deglel October 15, 2018

    A people that for a long time fought for justice and freedom are now being subjected to justice under one mad man.

    • Deglel October 15, 2018

      A people that for a long time fought for justice and freedom are now being subjected to injustice under one mad man dictator.

  • aditekelezan October 16, 2018

    Is Isaias visiting to make peace between olf & Abiy or more agreements. Nobody knows.

  • aditekelezan October 16, 2018

    Dearest Assenna ,
    You have always been tolerant of differing opinions , even of people that worship the government or of people that believe gedli was waste of time & lives. save , swearing & personal insult please do not delete contraversial opinions. Just democratic citzen’s opinion.

    • Sol October 17, 2018

      Aditekelezan, it is not fair and innocence to ask assenna to tolerate those who don’t respect Eritrean values, those who insult Eritrean martyrs, religions, regions and socially groups.

  • AHMED SALEH!!! October 16, 2018

    Either you like it or not , Dr.Abiy put
    Issaias in his place to teach him about a government responsibilities .
    Anytime he visited Ethiopia they show him something to make him feel like he is wasting time on minor
    incidents rather than concentrate at
    economic developments .
    If you heard his speech after he participated in the openening of
    sugar factory to say ” we had learned a lot by your progress ” ,
    it showed weird personality.
    Can’t he learn from his 27 years experience on government duty
    to build a country except to resonate
    his failure with excuses ?
    You can’t hold your people hostage
    and come with complaints after you
    kick out Eritrean investors in 1990’s .
    Bunch illiterate military officials who
    don’t know about blueprints have no
    ability or knowledge to manage any project unless he wants to hire expertise from foreign countries .

  • Sol October 17, 2018

    Dear Ahmad, DIA on the past 27 years has accumulated great experience on how to make Eritrea a failed state in order to fullfil his ill wishes and sick ambitions. Should he had not evil wishes for Eritrea people and country, it was very easy for him to preserve the love and support of the people through economical, social and political development but he worked hard on turning Eritrea into a stone age country.

  • Danilo October 17, 2018

    Dia ‘visit has no secret. He went to secure his personal share for exchange . ብዓል ዓሳ ብጣፍ እንክጥበር ግርምቢጥ እዩ።massawa and Asab more or less on bid value ወንጂ-ሱኩዋር ፡ቡና ፎፋቲየ!

    • Danilo October 17, 2018

      I think he is lucky enough so far been but next time Abie should ask him to make push up ninth degree.for his satisfaction.

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