ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News) – Qatar has welcomed the outcome two-day summit between Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia leaders in the Ethiopian city of Bahar Dar.
In a statement by the Peninsula nation, the foreign ministry hoped the agreement would contribute to a new era for the Horn of Africa moving forward.
The leaders from the three Horn of Africa Nations on Saturday pledged to respect the ‘sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence’ of Somalia.
Eritrea and Somalia normalised relations in July this, after over a decade of animosity fuelled by accusations that the government of Asmara was sponsoring terrorists fighting to topple the Somali government.
The statement said the three leaders also welcomed the impending lifting of sanctions against Eritrea underlining it would enhance peace and development in the region.
The sanctions imposed by the United Nations in 2009 and 2011, were premised on Eritrea’s reported hostility and aggression towards its neighbours including Somalia and Djibouti.
On 6 September 2018, the three countries signed the Joint Declaration of Friendship and Comprehensive Cooperation following a summit held in Asmara between the leaders of the three countries.