At the invitation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo of Somalia arrived in the city of Gondar, Amhara regional state, today.
The three leaders will hold a tripartite meeting to cement the outcome of the Horn of Africa economic integration agreement signed in the Eritrean capital, Asmara, last September. They are also expected to visit various development projects in Gondar and Bahir Dar.
This is the second meeting between the three leaders of the Horn of Africa. They first met in the first week of September this year in Eritrea’s capital Asmara following which they issued a four-pillar comprehensive joint declaration, which included the establishment of a high-level committee tasked to oversee the multifaceted collaborations included in the declaration.
The joint declaration was issued “considering that the peoples of Ethiopia, Somalia, and Eritrea share close ties of geography, history, culture, and religion as well as vital common interests.” The statement also highlighted the declaration to promote relations between the three Horn of African countries was in the spirit and understanding of “respecting each other’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity; as well as desiring to bolster their historical ties to achieve their lofty objectives.”