Press Release on the recent developments in the relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea

16 July 2018

The Portuguese Government salutes the steps taken by Ethiopia and Eritrea towards reconciliation, namely the signing of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship and the recent visits of the Ethiopian Prime-Minister, Abiy Ahmed, to Asmara, and of the President of the Republic of Eritrea, Isaias Afwerki, to Addis Ababa.

This is an historic moment for the prospects of peace and development in the two countries, as well as for the sustainable consolidation of security and stability in the Horn of Africa region.

The Portuguese Government would like to highlight the courage and spirit of compromise displayed by the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea, leading to the end of the 22-year interregnum in the relations between the two countries, and to encourage the continuation of mutually beneficial dialogue and constructive collaboration.

Portugal hereby manifests its availability to support both countries’ efforts to normalize their relations within the framework of the work being carried out by the international community as a whole towards that goal

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