UN chief Antonio Guterres to be among those attending Sunday’s signing ceremony in western city of Jeddah.

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to sign a peace agreement "cementing" the relations between the two former Horn of Africa bitter rivals, according to a United Nations spokesperson. Farhan Haq said on Friday that

The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea will attend a summit in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to sign a peace agreement “cementing” the relations between the two former Horn of Africa bitter rivals, according to a United Nations spokesperson.

Farhan Haq said on Friday that the signing ceremony will be hosted by Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat are also expected to attend.

Haq did not provide further details about the agreement.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a declaration of peace in July that formally ended a two-decade standoff and restored diplomatic relations.

On Tuesday, Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened two land border crossing points for the first time in 20 years, clearing the way for trade between the two nations.

Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s. War broke out later that decade over a border dispute.

A 2002 UN-backed boundary demarcation was meant to settle the dispute for good, but Ethiopia refused to abide by it.

A turnaround began in June when Abiy announced that Ethiopia would hand back to Eritrea the disputed areas, including the flashpoint town of Badme where the first shots of the border war were fired.

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  • k.tewolde September 15, 2018

    Whatever happened to the Arabo-Islamophobic rhetoric,the pure judeo-christian racial superiority,the unique habesha christian nation and its 3000 yrs of free existence without any intruders? Why Jeddah? They couldn’t find arbitrators who look and speak like them? they couldn’t find a perfect venue to ‘cement’ their historical deal?>>>> like my good pure original Eritrean friend says, ‘money talks and bullshit walks a marathon’, wonder what the kingdoms family is up to!?

  • Sol September 15, 2018

    The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is seeking reputation as a peacemaker, DIA is seeking for petrol dollars to support his personal accounts and PMAA is after gulf wealth to shift the shortage of hard currency in his country.

    • k.tewolde September 15, 2018

      Clever Sol,always level headed,sound,civil and to the point.

      • Z, Hagos September 16, 2018

        k.teewolde,
        if you would question, why don’t say is there any need for a new peace agreement. Is the agreement an alternative to the border agreement. If new, is the tyrant giving up Bad-me (his ugly behavior) instead of Badime? If so, Badime is not part of the new agreement. A lot of question and the tyrant is crazy saving his life from the international criminal court. Are they blackmailing him?

        • k.tewolde September 16, 2018

          There are a lot moving parts here Z. which the Eritrean people have no right to know as usual,however time will unravel things like it did what we witnessing today,who would have thought few decades ago the tyrants coronation in the heart of the nation who we fought against for our independence as a homecoming hero and him responding with chest pounding affection and casually relinquishing leadership to the gushing young PM.It is a coronary event inducing spectacle. I hope will be around to see the climax of this harrowing drama.The Lord is on the steering wheel.

  • Simon G. September 16, 2018

    Hey Assenna,
    What is your problem that you keep deleting my comments while you let filthy comments posted on this forum?
    I keep noticing anything against TPLF leaders comments are somehow keep vanishing from this site.
    Would you care to explain?

  • Hidat September 16, 2018

    “”እቶም ወግሓ ጸብሓ ምስ ሕዝቢ ከይተመያየጠ ወሳኔ ዘሕልፍ መንግስቲ……..
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    ድላዩ ዝገብርን””ትብሉሲ ኣብዛ ምልእቲ ዓለም ካብ ዘለዋ መንግስታት’ሲ ኣየነይቲ ሃገር እያ ኣብ መዓልታዊ ስምምዓታ ንሕዝቢ እንድሓተተት ተተግብር???ብዛዕባ እቶም ዓደማቶም ኣብ ቃሕ ዝበሎም መዓልትን ሰዓትንከዕንዉ ዝዉዕሉ ‘ ከምስ ሕዝቦም እንዳተማከረሐ ድዮም??

    • Danilo September 16, 2018

      ኣየ Hidat,ህዝቢ ዘይ ወከሎ ፡ሕገ-መንግስቲ ዘይብሉ ፡እንዳ ክጥዕሞ ዝጓነጽ፡እንዳ ክጽግሞ ኣላሽ ዝብል፡ብዘይካይ ዝፈልጥ የለን እንዳበለ ዝቅንስን ዝድምርን እንኮ ተባዕታይ ደርሆ ( ኢሰያስ ) ውሑዳት ኣይ ቀዘፈን ኣየብረሰን።ፍርቂ ህዝቢ ኤርትራ ኣሳጉጉ ፡እቲ ኩቡር ባህልና በሪዙ ከይ ኣኽሎ ብቁጠባን ፖለቲካዊን ሰረት ኣልቦ ብምግባር ሃገርን ህዝብን ዝቀትል ዲክተቶር ክሸጠናን ክልውጠናን ኣይነፍቅድን ብሃልቲ ኢና መታን ክስቈረኪ።

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