Eritrean leader welcomes "positive messages" from Ethiopia

Reuters , Wednesday 20 Jun 2018

File photo: Eritrea's President Isaias Afwerki listens as he meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir during his official visit in Khartoum, Sudan June 11, 2015. (Reuters photo)

Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki raised hopes of a breakthrough in one of Africa's most intractable conflicts on Wednesday by describing recent peace overtures from arch-enemy Ethiopia as "positive messages".

Speaking at a Martyrs' Day event in the capital, Asmara, Isaias said he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa to understand the position of new Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and "map out future plans".

His speech, broadcast on state television, was reported by the BBC Monitoring service.

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