Ethiopia deal means 'state of war is over' - Eritrean minister

The deal signed in Eritrea’s capital means Ethiopia and Eritrea heralded an end to a near 20-year military standoff.

FILE: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed delivers a speech during a rally in Ambo, about 120km west of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 11 April 2018. Picture: AFP.

NAIROBI - An agreement signed on Monday between the leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea means the state of war between the neighbours has ended, Eritrea’s Information Minister said.

The deal signed in Eritrea’s capital a day after a summit between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afkwerki states that the “State of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end,” Yemane Gebremeskel wrote on Twitter.