By Addis Getachew
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
Leaders of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea met on Friday in Ethiopia’s Amhara regional state to cement their relations.
In September, Ethiopian Premier Abiy Ahmed, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki met in the Eritrean capital of Asmara, where they issued a comprehensive declaration for cooperation between and among themselves.
Relations among the three neighboring nations had been tense until recently -- a fast-paced diplomatic thaw changed it all after Eritrea accepted Ethiopia’s olive branch in June.
In addition to cooperation in social and economic fields, the three leaders will seek ways to further strengthen peace and security in the fragile Horn of Africa region, according to Ethiopian government sources.
A new partnership seems to be emerging in Horn of Africa with the Ethiopian Prime Minister trying to hammer out resolution to the Djibouti-Eritrea conflict so as to include the tiny nation to the fold.
According to the Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation the three countries signed in September, the leaders committed to foster comprehensive cooperation that benefits their peoples.
“The three countries shall build close political, economic, social, cultural and security ties, [and they] shall work in coordination to promote regional peace and security," the declaration reads.
They also established a Joint High-Level Committee to coordinate their efforts in the framework of the joint declaration.