“And into ploughshares beat their swords. Nations shall learn war no more.” With those words of Isaiah, Ethiopia and Eritrea announced the end of a futile war and agreed to normalize ties, drawing the curtain on a 20 year military standoff on the Horn of Africa that cost over 70,000 lives. This past weekend, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia traveled to Eritrea to sign a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship at the state house in Asmara, the Eritrean capital. He was welcomed at the airport in Asmara with a firm brotherly embrace by his Eritrean counterpart, Isaias Afwerki. The two leaders smiled and laughed as they strode past a uniformed band and honor guard. The men were shown several times on Eritrean state television smiling together before announcing at an evening banquet that relations will be normalized. “Love is greater than modern weapons like tanks and missiles,” said Abiy who has frequently preached about love and unity in his speeches. “Love can win hearts, and we have seen a great deal of it today here in Asmara.” Eritrea was once part of Ethiopia and fought for decades for its independence, which it finally achieved in 1991. Initially, it… Read full this story
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