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Ethiopian Airlines to resume flights to Eritrea in September

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Ethiopian Airlines (ET) will restore scheduled flights to Eritrea in mid-September, two decades after a border dispute ended relations between the two countries.

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"The company is preparing because it will soon begin this route, and this restart has historical significance," said Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed during a meeting in this capital with an Eritrean delegation.

"Let us not transfer hatred and resentment to our children," Ahmed added.

Instead of thinking about killing people and going to sleep over the next military strategy, let's think about how to develop our countries together, how to have no borders and protect the region,' the president declared.

For his part, ET's executive director, Tewolde Gebre Mariam, announced that flights would resume "as soon as the formalities are completed," which should be completed within two months.

Asmara sent a delegation including the Foreign Minister, Osman Saleh, and other senior officials after Addis Ababa called for dialogue.

Ethiopia announced on June 5 that it would fully implement the so-called Algiers Agreement signed in 2000, which provides for property rights over the city of Badme, to formally end a border conflict which has caused thousands of deaths.

This initiative, and others of a political and economic nature, is part of an intense reform plan promoted by the new administration, which took control of the nation following the resignation of former Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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