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Ethiopian Airlines flies daily to Eritrea



Addis Ababa (AFP) – The first passenger flight between Ethiopia and Eritrea since the beginning of a 20-year conflict will take place one week before Tuesday, Ethiopian Airlines said in a statement.

The African aviation giant said it would initially carry out daily flights, but planned "very fast" several flights per day and cargo flights to fly.

"With the opening of a new chapter of peace and friendship between the two sister countries, we look forward to flying to Asmara with the B787," said Chief Executive Officer Tewolde GebreMariam.

"The resumption of air links will play a crucial role in promoting global political, economic, trade and interpersonal relationships between the two sister countries."

After decades of hostility following a border war between 1998 and 2000 and killing 80,000 people, Ethiopia and Eritrea declared Monday the official end to the conflict in a dizzying rapprochement.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed paid a visit to his country's fierce enemy in Eritrea, President Isaias Afwerki, for a historic visit this week, following a shocking decision last month to finally adhere to a UN regiment that led the UN Delimits border between their nations.

Telephone communication for the first time in two decades and promised to re-open the embassies, while allowing inland Ethiopia to use Eritrea's ports.

The opening of connections could be an economic blessing for the two poor and emerging nations very different ways

Ethiopia, with a population of 100 million, will be funded by the International Monetary Fund for 2018, with growth of 8.5 percent as Africa fastest growing economy predicts. However, it is struggling with rising debt and foreign exchange shortages.

Abiy has announced a series of reforms since his rise to power, including the partial liberalization of the economy.

Eritrea is one of the most isolated countries in the world, where hundreds of thousands have fled the country to Europe in a policy of involuntary forced recruitment.


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