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Presidents of Djibouti, Eritrea Hold Historic Reconciliation Meeting in Jeddah

Presidents of Djibouti, Eritrea Hold Historic Reconciliation Meeting in Jeddah

Monday, 17 September, 2018 - 19:30
Saudi FM Adel al-Jubeir shakes hands with the presidents of Djibouti and Eritrea during their historic meeting in Jeddah. (SPA)

President of Djibouti Ismaïl Omar Guelleh and President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki held on Monday a historic meeting in Jeddah after 10 years of alienation, reported the Saudi Press Agency.

The meeting was sponsored by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and was attended by Saudi Minister of State and Member of the Council of Ministers Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Said, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir.

Guelleh and Afwerki expressed their gratitude for the efforts of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, to hold the summit.

The meeting will open a new chapter in ties between Djibouti and Eritrea, underlining the Saudi Arabia’s keenness on peace and stability in the region.

On Sunday, King Salman sponsored in Jeddah a historic peace agreement signed between Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

The talks with Horn of Africa leaders in Jeddah in recent days demonstrate the effectiveness of Saudi diplomacy, led by King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed.

Djibouti’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dya-Eddin Said Bamakhrama told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Crown Prince demonstrated a rare skill in achieving reconciliation between the presidents of Eritrea and Djibouti. This will pave the way for more communication to resolve pending disputes between the neighboring countries.

The envoy expected that more efforts will be made in the future to cement this reconciliation.

King Salman’s efforts reflect the “depth of ties between Saudi Arabia and Djibouti,” he stressed.

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