Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has praised Ethiopia and Eritrea for “choosing the path of talking to each other” and for declaring that the state of war between the two countries was over.
President Kenyatta described “Kenya as a proud neighbour” of both Eritrea and Ethiopia.
“I congratulate Ethiopian PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed & Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for choosing the path of talking to each other & beginning the journey of friendship,” the Kenyan leader tweeted.
“Kenya is a proud neighbour.”
I congratule Ethiopian PM Dr. Abiy Ahmed & Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for choosing the path of talking to each other & beginning the journey of friendship. Kenya is a proud neighbour. I agree with @Paulkagame, we are together with you. pic.twitter.com/qOa6K7wHHx
— President of Kenya (@PresidentKE) July 9, 2018
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame also congratulated the two countries for declaring the end of war.
We salute the leaders ,PM of Ethiopia Dr.Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for their courage and doing the right thing for their people of the two countries !
We congratulate you and are with you….! pic.twitter.com/iPLSs1AxHk
— Paul Kagame (@PaulKagame) July 8, 2018
“We salute the leaders, PM of Ethiopia Dr.Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea for their courage and doing the right thing for their people of the two countries,” he also tweeted.
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a “joint declaration of peace and friendship”, Eritrea’s information minister said, a day after a landmark summit marked a start to normalization of ties between the longtime foes.
Historic. This isn't peace between two ordinary neighbours. #Ethiopia & #Eritrea share complex memory & heritage. Recognising their intertwined past & common destiny will have a positive political & socio-economic dividend for them, & will redraw the geopolitical map of the Horn. pic.twitter.com/mlCTaeu1Hb
— Hallelujah Lulie (@halelule) July 8, 2018
On Sunday, a meeting between the two countries’ leaders in Asmara ended decades of diplomatic and armed strife.
In 2000, Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace agreement in Algeria on their disputed border but Addis Ababa had until now refused to withdraw its troops from Badme.
In 1998, the two countries went to war over a border dispute and tens of thousands of people were killed in fighting.
“The Eritrean government should take the same stand without any prerequisite and accept our call to bring back the long-lost peace of the two brother nations as it was before,” the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) said on Facebook last month.
Eritrea officially declared independence from Ethiopia in 1993.
Since his appointment a few months ago, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced some major changes in the country including releasing jailed dissidents and moving to liberalize the economy.
His government has also lifted bans on private media outlets as part of reforms being undertaken in the country.