RIYADH (Halbeeg News) – Saudi Arabia will host a trilateral summit between Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea on Sunday, UN spokesman Farhan Haq.
The summit is scheduled to take place in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.
Saudi King Salman will host the signing ceremony in Jeddah to be attended by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abey Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki are due to arrive in Jeddah on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
The sources who spoke to Ahram Media said that “during the summit will be signed between the Ethiopian and Eritrean sides on a reconciliation agreement, in the presence of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki signed a declaration of peace in July that formally ended two decades of hostility.
Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in the early 1990s, and war broke out later that decade over a border dispute.
A 2002 UN-backed boundary demarcation was meant to settle the dispute for good, but Ethiopia refused to abide by it.
A turnaround began in June when Abiy announced that Ethiopia would hand back to Eritrea the disputed areas including the flashpoint town of Badme where the first shots of the border war were fired.
Halbeeg News and Agencies