Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders win UAE’s highest honour for peace

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian premier Abiy Ahmed have been awarded the United Arab Emirates' highest honour “in recognition of their work for peace between the two nations". The two men are in Abu Dhabi for a tripartite summit with UAE Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. They have dramatic steps towards

HRW urges Ethiopia and Eritrea to address alleged rights violations

Human Rights Watch has called on Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea to address alleged human rights abuses as the two countries continue to normalise relations. The US-based group said "now that Eritrea and Ethiopia have finally made peace with each other, it’s high time they each worked to protect the basic rights

Eritrea’s president arrives in Ethiopia for historic visit

Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki arrived in the Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday, days after the two neighbors declared their “state of war” over. Earlier, Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel confirmed Isaias’ departure. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed met him at the airport. Thousands of people, waving the flags of both countries,

Ethiopia now wants United Nations to lift sanctions against Eritrea

Ethiopia has called on the United Nations to lift sanctions against Eritrea after the two east African neighbours signed a declaration ending decades of conflict. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the request during a visit to Addis Ababa by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday, state-affiliated media Fana said. The

Sophia the robot meets Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed

Sophia, the first humanoid robot, has met Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa. Sophia and the Ethiopian leader were scheduled to meet last week but did not after a bag containing some of her parts went missing at the Frankfurt Airport, en route to Addis Ababa. Sophia the robot, created

Ethiopia to remove three rebel groups from terrorism list

Ethiopia's cabinet has requested the country's federal parliament to remove three leading opposition groups from a government list of terror entities. "Cabinet has submitted a resolution to Parliament for ratification that will rescind the designation of OLF, ONLF & Ginbot 7 as terrorist groups," tweeted Fitsum Arega, the Ethiopian prime minister's

Ethiopia welcomes historic Eritrean delegation with flowers and red carpet

Two months ago, nobody would have ever imagined it but it's happening. On Tuesday, a high-level Eritrean government delegation arrived in Ethiopia for talks on ending decades-old tensions between the two east African neighbours. The Eritrean delegation included foreign affairs minister Osman Saleh and Yemane Gebreab, an advisor to President Isias Afewerki. On

Ethiopia lifts ban on Oromo Media Network

Ethiopia has lifted a ban on a popular Oromo-language television station as part of reforms being carried out by the country's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. The US-based Oromo Media Network (OMN) was banned by the Ethiopian government more than a decade ago over alleged "terror" links. According to Ethiopia's Addis Standard

Djibouti calls Addis Ababa blast ‘attempted attack’ on Ethiopian PM

The president of Djibouti has called a grenade explosion in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, an "attempted attack on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed". President Ismail Omar Guelleh said on Twitter that Djibouti "strongly" condemned the blast. He blamed "small groups who want to oppose...bold reforms" in Ethiopia for the blast. "We strongly condemn

Thousands turn out for new prime minister in Ethiopia 

Supporters of Ethiopia's new prime minister took to the streets of the capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday to rally in support of reforms announced by the new government. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed attended attend Saturday's massive rally at the capital's Meskel square. Footage from an Ethiopian news agency showed the prime minister