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

Eritrea names new ambassador to Ethiopia in 20 years

Image: Reuters Eritrea has appointed its first ambassador to Ethiopia in two decades, as the two countries work towards restoring "brotherly" ties, Eritrea's Information minister said. The move comes after the two neighbouring countries formally ended their "state of war" and promised to restore diplomatic ties. Semere Russom, a former Education minister and

Eritrea removes troops from Ethiopia border as Addis Ababa names ambassador

Eritrea's government has announced plans to pull its troops from the border with Ethiopia, in a gesture of reconciliation, the pro-government Eritrea Press has reported. The news is a major development in the peace process that the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments have embarked on to end two decades of hostility. Some 80,000

Kenya’s Safaricom to ‘introduce’ M-Pesa in Ethiopia

Kenyan telecom company Safaricom is reportedly in advanced talks with Ethiopian officials to introduce mobile money service M-Pesa to the landlocked country. According to the Reuters news agency, Ethio Telecom will carry the service, while Safaricom will host the servers back in Nairobi. If this goes ahead, the deal will present Safaricom with a

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,

Eritrean leader visits Addis Ababa amid renewed ties with Ethiopia

The president of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, is visiting Ethiopia on Saturday, the latest step in an unprecedented diplomatic thaw between the former archrivals that is ending one of Africa's longest-running conflicts, AP news agency is reporting. Eritrea's information minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, confirmed the visit on Twitter, saying it will "add momentum to

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

Somali man loses Mandela Washington Fellowship to Ethiopian woman

A Somali man who had been accepted to join the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the US has lost the opportunity to an Ethiopian woman. Abdiwasa Idiris Jelle, the founder of the Somali Youth Civic Organization, lost his place to Ethiopian Wengel Tessema Ayalew because he could not get a visa to

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 frees Ogaden leader extradited from Somalia

Ethiopia has freed a senior Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) official who was controversially extradited from Somalia last year. Last August, Somalia handed over Abdikarim Sheikh Muse, also known as Qalbi Dhagah, to Ethiopia after arresting him in the central Somali town of Galkayo. Ethiopia's government considers the ONLF a "terrorist organisation". Qalbi

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

FBI to help Ethiopia probe Addis blast

The US will send FBI experts to investigate Saturday's bomb blast at a rally attended by Ethioian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed in Addis Ababa, a US official has said. Two people were killed and over 150 others wounded in the attack at Meskel Square as the prime minister concluded his

Somalia’s president condemns ‘senseless’ Ethiopia blast

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has condemned a grenade attack at a large rally in Addis Ababa in which at least one person was killed. Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed attended the rally at Meskel square and was evacuated from the venue where he addressed supporters, moments after an explosion

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

10 mind-blowing things that happened this week in Somalia

At Gosahan, we know that there are times when keeping up with the news is hard. So we have decided to save you the hassle by rounding up the most significant stories from each week. Here’s a complete recap of this week’s top stories from Somalia:   1. Ethiopia’s new prime minister is trying

Ethiopia steps in to mediate crisis between Somalia and UAE

Ethiopia's new prime minister is trying to mediate a diplomatic crisis between Somalia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) , reports say. Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Kheyre is expected to visit the United Arab Emirates "in the coming days for talks to smooth relations", according to Rashid Abdi, Horn of

Somali president arrives in Ethiopia for IGAD leaders’ meeting

Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend an extraordinary summit of the regional Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD) bloc. The civil war in South Sudan will top the agenda of the summit. All heads of state of IGAD member states, African Union and UN representatives as