The Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Monday officially opened a common border along the northern Tigray regional state.
The two leaders agreed in July to end a conflict that had put their two countries at loggerheads for over a decade. They resumed diplomatic ties and even opened embassies in Asmara and Addis Ababa to further boost cooperation.
On Monday Ahmed and Afwerki presided over the opening of the Omhager-Humera border crossing point, the latest development in the budding relations between the two countries.
Both leaders cut a symbolic tape to mark the beginning of movements across the border.
Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias Afwerki officially opened the Oumajir-Humera border today 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.#PMoEthiopia pic.twitter.com/Z9sBys66gQ
— Office of the Prime Minister – Ethiopia (@PMEthiopia) January 7, 2019
Since the resumption of diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea, various developments have occurred in line with this.
Other than the opening of embassies in Asmara and Addis Ababa, the two sides organized a football match, and Ethiopian Airlines resumed flights to Eritrea.
In September, an Ethiopian commercial ship docked in an Eritrean port, marking the first time in over two decades that a vessel from either country has docked in the other’s port.
Monday’s opening of the Omhager-Humera border is expected to strengthen normalization of Ethio-Eritrea relations, as well as enable people-to-people connections.