Ethiopia, Somalia Leaders in Eritrea for Tripartite Summit

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The three Heads of States are due to hold talks on a “wide range of issues”.


The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed, and President of Somalia, Mohamed A. Mohamed have arrived in Asmara for Heads of State and Government meeting between Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.

Upon arrival at the Asmara Airport, the two leaders was accorded warm welcome by President Isaias Afwerki, Foreign Minister Osman Saleh, and Presidential Adviser Yemane Gebreab.

Defence Minister Lemma Megersa has accompanied Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Asmara. President Mohamed’s entourage includes Mr. Abdi Ashir Hassen, Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Technology; and Dr. Nur Dire Hersi, Adviser for Foreign Policy.

Current Tripartite Summit is a follow-up to previous Summits that was held in Asmara (September 2018) and Bahri Dar (November 2018).

Relations between Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia have continued to grow since the anti-Eritrea TPLF-led regime in Ethiopia was overthrown and replaced by PM Abiy Ahmed in March 2018.

Eritrean government spokesperson and Minister of Information, Mr. Yemane G. Meskel disclosed that PM Abiy Ahmed and President Isaias “will discuss further enhancement of bilateral ties and joint partnership schemes during the current visit.”

The tripartite agreement that was signed on September 2018 between these three countries was aimed at promoting regional peace and security.

The agreement also guarantees a comprehensive cooperation to build close political, economic, social and security ties between these three countries.

During their first tripartite meeting in Asmara, Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki, and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed agreed to consolidate their mutual solidarity.

They also pledge to respect each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and particularly, political independence of Somalia.

Joint Communique