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Ethiopia, Eritrean leaders accorded warm welcome in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday July 24, 2018

Abu Dhabi: His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has affirmed that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, supports every effort aimed at achieving peace, security and stability across the world.

Such efforts are vital to achieving comprehensive and sustainable development for all peoples globally, he said.

Shaikh Mohamad's remarks came during the commencement of the tripartite meeting on Tuesday, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. 

Earlier, the prime minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmad and the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki were accorded a warm welcome at the Presidential palace in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed.

Mohamed bin Zayed presents the Order of Zayed, conferred to the President of Eritrea and Prime Minister of Ethiopia in recognition of their work for peace between the two nations.

A number of ministers from the UAE and other top government officials were present on the occasion along with the ambassadors of various countries.

Eritrea and Ethiopia were at war for almost twenty years before they established diplomatic relations earlier this month. The UAE played a significant role in bringing the two warring nations together.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Abu Dhabi crown prince said, “A tripartite summit comprising Eritrea, Ethiopia, and the UAE gets underway in Abu Dhabi.”

The bold & historic step taken by the leaders of the two neighbouring countries to end the conflict and open new horizons for cooperation and joint coordination is a model that can be followed in resolving conflicts around the world.

Shaikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has welcomed the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea in a statement on Wam on July 9.

Shaikh Abdullah said, "The re-establishment of diplomatic ties will have a positive impact on the security and stability of the two countries in particular, and the Horn of Africa in general."

Shaikh Abdullah praised the historic step taken by Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmad and Eritrean Presiden  Afwerki, adding that this move represents great political wisdom and courage of the two leaders.


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