Ethiopia-Eritrea fortify their friendship; re-open the Omhajer-Humera border points after 20 years

  • January 9, 2019

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed on Monday officially opened the Omhajer- Humera border points connecting the two countries.

The Omhajer-Humera road that has been closed for 20 years is important for transporting people and goods from and to Eritrea-Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accompanied by the Presidents of Tigray and Amhara regional states landed in Tessene, Eritrea where he was welcomed by President Isaias Afwerki and his delegation. The visit to various sites is an exercise in strengthening of normalization of Ethio-Eritrea relations.

The event was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Osman Saleh, Presidential Adviser, Yemane Gebreab, Commandor of the Western Front, Brig. General Tekle Kiflai on the Eritrean side and Dr. Debretsion Gebremicael, President of the Tigray region, Gedu Endargachew, President of the Amhara region and General Seare Mekonnen, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces on the Ethiopian side.

Upon arrival at the border point, the two leaders were accorded warm welcome by the residents of Omahajer and Humera, village elders, religious leaders as well as by members of the Armed Forces of the two countries.

The opening of the Omhajer-Humera road is in continuation of the similar opening of the three boarder points, Debaisima-Bure, Serha-Zalambessa and Adi-Quala-Rama linking the two countries in accordance of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship signed on July 9, 2018.

The office of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on its social media handle said, “Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki officially opened the Oumajir-Humera border (on) January 7, 2018. The opening of the border will further enable the people to people connection on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade in the long term.”

In July 2018, Ethiopia and Eritrea declared that their ‘state of war’ had come to an end, dissolving a 20-year-old conflict.

The United Nations had commended Prime Minister Abiy of Ethiopia and President Isaias of Eritrea for courageously leading their citizens towards peace, prosperity, and political reform. The normalization of relations and the adoption of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia will provide their people with the opportunity to focus on shared aspirations for closer political, economic, and social ties.

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