The Ethiopian airline place, christened ‘The bird of peace’, takes off in Addis Ababa on Wednesday for the first flight to Asmara in two decades in what the carrier describes as a “family reunion” / Photo: Ethiopian Airlines/Twitter

Ethiopia appoints envoy to Eritrea, commercial flights resume after 20 years

Ethiopia has appointed an ambassador to Eritrea for the first time in 20 years, the latest in a series of peace moves between the neighbours.

“Redwan Hussein has been appointed as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Eritrea — the first for 20 years, the foreign ministry said,” according to Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporation.

The announcement on Thursday follows a flurry of diplomacy between the former enemies that included visits between their leaders.

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country’s embassy in Ethiopia on Monday during a three-day official visit to Addis Ababa.

Also on Wednesday, Ethiopian airline operated the first flight to Asmara, Eritrea’s capital in 20 years. After the historic peace deal between both countries last week, airline’s CEO Tewolde Gebremariam had announced about his plans for the resumption of flights between the two countries.

Adira Kallo

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