Eritrea leader to visit Ethiopia on Saturday

Eritrea’s information minister Yemane Gebremeskel confirms the visit on Twitter, saying it will “add momentum to the joint march for peace and co-operation”.The visit by the leader of one of the world’s most reclusive countries comes after Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made a historic trip to Eritrea last weekend for talks with Isaias, setting off the restoration of diplomatic ties after two decades.

The thaw began when Abiy announced Ethiopia would fully accept a peace deal that ended a two-year border war that killed tens of thousands and separated families.

Now phone lines are restored and scheduled Ethiopian Airlines flights to Eritrea begin next week.