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CEL­E­BRAT­ING their dra­matic diplo­matic thaw, the lead­ers of Ethiopia and Eritrea yes­ter­day of­fi­cially opened the bor­der where a bloody war and en­su­ing ten­sions had di­vided them for decades. Ethiopia’s new re­formist Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed and long-time Eritrean Pres­i­dent Isa­ias Afw­erki vis­ited the Bure Front with mem­bers of their mil­i­taries to mark the Ethiopian new year, Abiy’s chief of staff Fit­sum Arega said on Twit­ter.

They opened the bor­der post “for road trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity” and would shortly do the same at the Ser­haZalambesa cross­ing, Eritrean In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Ye­mane Meskel said on Twit­ter.

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