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Ethiopia, Eritrea will today sign peace agreement in Saudi Arabia

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FILE PHOTO: Eritrea’s President, Isaias Afwerki receives a key from Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed during the Inauguration ceremony marking the reopening of the Eritrean Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo

Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea President Isaias Afwerki are today in Saudi Arabia to sign a peace agreement cementing the relations between the two former Horn of Africa bitter rivals,

The signing ceremony was hosted by Saudi King Salman in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and the President of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, are also in the ceremony today to witness the agreement.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a declaration of peace in July that formally ended a two-decade standoff and restored diplomatic relations.

On Tuesday, Ethiopia and Eritrea reopened two land border crossing points for the first time in 20 years, clearing the way for trade between the two nations.

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