Ethiopia and Eritrea officially declare an end to border war after 20 years 


The presidents of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a declaration saying that the “state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. 

This was disclosed today in a tweet by Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane G. Meskel.

The declaration came as a landmark meeting between the two countries’ leaders in Eritrea’s capital, Asmara. The meeting between Eritrea’s President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was the first between the neighbours’ heads of state for nearly two decades.  

 The leaders agreed that “a new era of peace & friendship has been ushered [in]”.

Before now, a peace deal that ended the 1998-1999 border war between the two countries has never been fully implemented and there has been tension between the neighbours ever since.