Ethiopia, Eritrea restore direct international phone connection

10 Jul 2018

Direct international telephone connectivity between Ethiopia and Eritrea was restored on Sunday, reported Reuters quoting a Tweet from the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s chief of staff. The telecoms development was one detail stemming from a historic summit between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afkwerki, who on Monday declared an official end to the state of war between the neighbouring countries. A two-decade-long stand-off had followed the 1998-2000 border war. Various economic benefits are expected from the raft of deals signed by the two leaders, who promised that diplomatic, trade, transport and communication links will be re-established and borders re-opened. According to other statements released from the meetings, Ethiopia and Eritrea will work ‘to promote close cooperation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas’. Ethiopia is being granted access to an Eritrean port, whilst embassies will be re-opened in both countries.

Eritrea, Ethiopia