Ethiopia’s prime minister has thanked Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki for accepting his olive branch, in a specially recorded message.
It comes after Mr Isaias said he would send a delegation to Ethiopia for talks aimed at ending their 16-year border dispute as both nations “relish peace and harmony”.
Mr Abiy even switched to Tigrinya to ensure Mr Isaias can understand him. “So that he can hear me, I want to say few words in his language,” he said. “Our brother President Isaias Afewerki, I would like to convey my gratitude for the new view you expressed today. We will welcome the delegation you send not as guests but as Ethiopians, and I would like to inform you that I will receive them in my office and speak with them. Peace to the people of Eritrea and peace to the people of Ethiopia. I believe that peace is necessary now more than anytime before and I assure you we will work together [to achieve it]. This is a great news for the Eritrean and Ethiopian people.”