Addis Ababa — Ethiopia and Eritrea are no longer at war, the neighbours said in a joint statement on Monday, a day after their leaders held a historic meeting in Asmara. Quoting from a "joint declaration of peace and friendship", Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Gebremeskel said on Twitter the "state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end. A new era of peace and friendship has been ushered [in]." "Both countries will work to promote close co-operation in political, economic, social, cultural and security areas," Yemane added. He said the agreement was signed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki on Monday at state house in Asmara. Images of the ceremony showed the two men sharing a wooden desk, backed by their nations’ flags, as they signed the document. The declaration echoed comments made by Abiy at a dinner hosted by Isaias on Sunday, where he said diplomatic, trade, transport and communications ties would be re...

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