Following normalisation of Ethio-Eritrean relations and reopening of the border, business activities at the boundary towns are flourishing after two decades of standoff. Major trading activities have been taking place in Zalambessa, Adigrat and Meqelle. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and President Issaias Afeworqi reopened the crossings along their shared border. The journey for the rapprochement between the two countries began when PM Abiy expressed his intention to extend a truce to Eritrea. In April of this year, an Executive Committee meeting of the ruling party, the EPRDF, announced that it accepted the decision of the United Nations commission on the disputed border between the two countries.