A warm farewell for the leaders of long-term foes, Eritrea and Ethiopia, heralding the end of a 20 year military stand-off. Ethiopia's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, met his Eritrean counterpart Isaias Afwerki, for an historic summit at which a peace deal was signed. Meaning a two decade state of war between the neighbors appears to be over.
Embassies will be reopened, flights between the two capitals will resume, and direct telephone connections will also be restored. And in a potential economic boost for both countries, land locked Ethiopia will work with Eritrea to develop its ports on the Red Sea coast. The talks were the product of an unexpected peace initiative by Ethiopia's new reformist Prime Minister who was only elected in April.
Last month, Abiy surprised his country by accepting a ruling that awarded disputed territory to Eritrea.
e East African neighbors fought a war in the late 1990s in which around 80,000 people died. Full blown fighting ended in 2000. But troops have faced off across the disputed border ever since.
With both leaders now promising love and peace between the nations, hostility may finally come to an end.