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UN chief cheers Ethiopia-Eritrea rapprochement

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Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerk embrace at the declaration signing in Asmara, Eritrea July 9, 2018. Reuters

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) –United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has said that the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea was “illustrative of a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”. “The visit by the Ethiopian Prime Minister is an amazing success,” Guterres said. Guterres was visiting the Ethiopian capital a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afkwerki declared that a “state of war” since a 1998-2000 conflict had given way peace and vowed to restore diplomatic and trade links.

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