The African Union (AU) will support the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace efforts

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The African Union (AU) has endorsed the decision by Ethiopian and Eritrean leaders to proceed in a new direction by overcoming two decades of stalemate.

A high-level Eritrean delegation arrived in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa last week for the first time since the two nations fought in 1998 over their disputed border, with diplomatic relations broken off ever since.

Ethiopia’s premier Abiy Ahmed said last month he would honour all the terms of a peace deal, suggesting he might be ready to settle the border dispute.

We are heartened by the strides made by the leadership of Eritrea and Ethiopia toward the normalisation of relations.

“We are heartened by the strides made by the leadership of Eritrea and Ethiopia toward the normalisation of relations,” said Paul Kagame, current Chairperson of AU, and President of Rwanda.

He was speaking at the opening of the 31st Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Mauritania, on Sunday.

“You have the African Union’s unwavering support,” he noted.