Finally, Ethiopia and Eritrea officially end war
Publish date: 11 July 2018
Issue Number: 4499
Diary: Legalbrief Today
The leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have signed a declaration saying that the state of war between the two countries was over. A peace deal ending the 1998-2000 border conflict has never been fully implemented and there has been tension between the neighbours ever since, notes a BBC News report. They have also agreed to re-establish trade and diplomatic ties. Family members divided by the dispute are now able to telephone each other for the first time since the war. The declaration came at a landmark meeting between the two countries' leaders in Eritrea's capital, Asmara. The summit between Eritrea's President Isaias Afewerki and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed marked the first time the neighbours' heads of state had met for nearly two decades.