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Eritrea withdraws military troops from its border with Ethiopia

Eritrea has withdrawn the military trough from the country boarder with Ethiopia following the reciliation agreement between the two North Africa countries. The government believe the move will ease the suffering of people in the two countries. Eritrea government said they are looking forward to long term political and economic stability. They pledged to do anything within their means to ensure sustainable economic growth and avoid any further war with their neighbor.

Ethiopia has not commented on its counterpart decision but observers believes the move will restores diplomatic ties between the two neighboring countries, This follows meeting between the leaders of two countries in held in Asmara in July in which the two leaders signed agreement to end the war between them. Ethiopia Prime Mimister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in that meeting agreed to re-open consular services in each country a move that was followed by Isaias visiting Ethiopia a week later to re-open embassy in addis Ababa.

The two countries were at war since 1998 when Ethiopia rejected United Nations decision on border demarcation. The two were primarily one country until 1993 when Eritrea broke away from Ethiopia. In 1998 – 2000 the two nations were involved in war which left close to 90,000 dead and envoys of both countries expelled from both countries. On Wednesday 18 July, Ethiopia airline launched direct flight from Addis Ababa to Asmara for the first time.

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