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Peace in the east: Ethiopia and Eritrea leaders get medals

PICTURED: Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Eritrea's Isaias Afwerki (Photo credit: Twitter)

AFTER AGREEING to bring an end to the border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, both of the countries leaders have received medals for their peace efforts.

Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki were awarded the United Arab Emirates' highest honour on Tuesday (Jul 24) taking place in Abu Dhabi at the Royal Palace.

The medal acknowledged both parties for broader & robust regional cooperation and coordination.

The two men are currently in the UAE after their dramatic steps towards reconciliation since the beginning of the month.

According to regional analyst Martin Plaut, the UAE played an important role in bringing the two countries together after two decades of tension.

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan met with the two east African leaders and said that their agreement would enhance security in the Horn of Africa and wider region.

“We are confident that this step will contribute to further cooperation & joint coordination between the neighbours & fulfil their people’s aspirations for peace, development & prosperity …” he said in a post on Twitter following the meeting in the UAE capital.

“The bold & historic step taken by the leaders of the two neighbouring countries to end the conflict and open new horizons for cooperation and joint coordination is a model that can be followed in resolving conflicts around the world.”

Since singing the peace deal, Mr Afwerki has visited Ethiopia, and news of a friendly football match made headlines a few days ago. This will be the first friendly game between the two countries in 20 years and is tipped to take place in August.

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