Ethiopia and Eritrea resume diplomatic ties

7 Aug 2018

Following the historic rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Ambassadors, diplomats and staff from the respective embassies all over the world have been paying courtesy calls.

Ethiopian Ambassador, H.E. Dr Hailemichael Aberra Afework (l) with Eritrean Ambassador H.E. Mr Estifanos Habtemariam.

Here in London, on 3rdAugust, a delegation led by Ambassador Hailemichael, senior diplomats and staff paid a courtesy visit to the Eritrean Embassy in London, to further cement the peace agreement.

The Eritrean Ambassador, H.E. Estifanos Habtemariam, diplomats and staff, warmly welcomed the delegation.

Ambassador Hailemichael, echoing PM Abiy’s message of love and forgiveness on the occassion, said: “We are here today in the spirit of love and togetherness…to make up for lost time and unite our two nations and peoples in the pursuit of peace.”

Similarly, on 6thAugust, a delegation from the Eritrean Embassy, led by Ambassador Estifanos, paid a courtesy visit to the Embassy.

Welcoming Ambassador Estifanos and his delegation to the Embassy on the occasion marking the historic resumption of the brotherly and sisterly relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea, Ambassador Hailemichael said, “We are delighted to have come to this stage in our relations and thank our two leaders for the hard work they have put into getting us to this stage. What remains is for us to strengthen our cooperation and trade relations between the two countries.”

“It is now up to all of us, wherever we may be, to strengthen these bilateral relations between our two governments as well as our people,” the Ambassador concluded.

Ambassador Hailemichael with Ambassador Estifanos and Eritrean diplomats

In related news, the governments of Ethiopia and Eritrea appointed Ambassadors to the respective countries for the first time in 20 years, after reopening Embassies.

H.E. Redwan Hussein has been appointed Ethiopia’s first ambassador to Eritrea. Mr Hussein was formerly Ethiopian ambassador to Ireland and has previously served as communications minister.

Similarly, Eritrea appointed H.E. Semere Russom as its Ambassador to Ethiopia. He is Eritrea’s former ambassador to the United States and current education minister.

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