Somalia, Eritrea mend ties

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NAIROBI (AFP) – Somalia and Eritrea have agreed to establish diplomatic ties after more than a decade of animosity, in the latest lightning rapprochement between Horn of Africa rivals. “The two countries will establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors,” read a “joint declaration on brotherly relations” signed in Asmara by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed whose three-day visit to Asmara coincided with an extraordinary peace process between Eritrea and Ethiopia – part of dizzying change in a region burdened by war, proxy conflicts, isolation and iron-fisted rule.

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