The highlight of this week was further normalization of diplomatic ties in the Horn of Africa.
Eritrea and Djibouti have agreed to normalise ties following a regional meeting on Thursday, a decade after a border spat led to brief military clashes. The latest meeting emphasises a season of peace in the Horn of Africa, with various countries signing new agreements and normalizing relations.
In addition, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea have signed a tripartite agreement which roughly reads that the three countries will work together to foster peace and security in the region, will build strong political, economic, cultural, and social ties, and will create a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their efforts in the framework of this Joint Declaration.
On Thursday, the reopening of the Ethiopian embassy in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea took place. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed stopped in Eritrea on his way back from Beijing where he attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. This latest development is a significant part of a peace deal between the two countries, signed in July 2018.
An Ethiopian commercial ship docked in an Eritrean port for the first time in two decades on Wednesday. The Mekelle entered the Red Sea port of Massawa and was due to carry 11,000 tonnes of Eritrean zinc to China. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has lauded the Eritrean government for ongoing infrastructural works specifically on roads and its port services.
The Ministry of Health in cooperation with partners is working to eradicate the prevalence of malaria from 2017 to 2021 by designing strategic plans. Mr. Aman Goitom from the office of Malaria Control indicated that rigorous effort and follow up is being conducted to preserve the achievements so far gained and to register further developments until the prevalence of malaria is fully eradicated. Pointing out that the main causes of malaria are lack of environmental sanitation, improper use bed nets, patients late coming to health facilities as well as improper use of medicines, Mr. Aman said that eradication of malaria requires increased awareness of the public and called for integrated effort on the part of all stakeholders.