U.S. welcomes Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Addis Ababa, July 10, 2018 (FBC) - The United States welcomed the July 9 commitment to peace and security between Eritrea and Ethiopia, effectively ending 20 years of conflict.

“We commend Prime Minister Abiy of Ethiopia and President Isaias of Eritrea for courageously leading their citizens towards peace, prosperity, and political reform,” said a statement issued by the U.S. Department of State.

“The normalization of relations and the adoption of the Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship between Eritrea and Ethiopia will provide their peoples with the opportunity to focus on shared aspirations for closer political, economic, and social ties.

“The United States stands ready to support this process, and encourages all parties to continue working with transparency and confidence in the coming days.

Peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea will further the cause of stability, security, and development in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea.”