July 9, 2018 / 2:25 PM / 9 months ago

U.N. chief cheers Ethiopia-Eritrea rapprochement

FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech on disarmament at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday that the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea was “illustrative of a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”.

Guterres was visiting the Ethiopian capital a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afkwerki declared that a “state of war” since a 1998-2000 conflict had given way peace and vowed to restore diplomatic and trade links. [L8N1U405A]

“The visit by the Ethiopian Prime Minister (to Asmara on Sunday) is an amazing success,” Guterres told reporters in Addis Ababa.

Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Maggie Fick; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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