Eritrea president schedules visit to Ethiopia’s Amhara region

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and walk together at Asmara International Airport, Eritrea July 9, 2018.
Isaias Afwerki, the Eritrean president, is due to visit Ethiopia’s Amhara region coming Friday, local media in Ethiopia have reported.
The trip will be Afwerki’s third to Ethiopia following the July 8 peace deal with Ethiopia during Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s historic visit to Asmara.
Afwerki shortly after Abiy’s visit returned the gesture by flying to Addis Ababa – his first in two decades.
During the visit, he officiated the reopening of Eritrea’s embassy in Addis Ababa, held talks with the then president and other government officials before attending a concert in the capital.
He recently returned to Addis Ababa to discuss ways of implementing the peace deal, he joined Abiy to commission a Sugar factory in southern Ethiopia after bilateral talks.
Abiy has also visited Eritrea once since the deal was signed. He stopped by on his return from Beijing where the Forum for China – Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, was held in September.
He also joined Afwerki and Somali president Mohammed Abdullahi Farmaajo to sign a trilateral peace agreement for the Horn of Africa neighbours.

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