ADDIS ABABA (Halbeeg News) – The leaders of Sudan and Djibouti have this morning arrived in Ethiopia to hold talks with Prime minister, Abiy Ahmed.
Upon arrival at Jimma airport, Oromia regional state, President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir were received by Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen and other officials.
The two Presidents will visit the development projects in the city and attend Ethiopia’s nationalities and People’s day celebration.
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki who will also be travelling to Ethiopia today is expected to attend the event.
President is expected to meet with Prime minister Abiy amid speculation that the Ethiopian leader will try to convince Djibouti and Sudanese leaders to sit with their Eritrean counterpart, Afwerki.
Early this early year, Sudan and Eritrea traded accusations that each supports the rebel group of the other.
On the other hand, Djibouti and Eritrea had long been an arch enemy and fought a three-day war in 2008 after Djibouti claimed that Eritrean forces dug trenches on its side of the border.
The border dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea was perennial, starting from the colonial days when the former was under French administration while the latter under the Italians.
Ethiopia and Eritrea reconciled and normalized relations between the two neighbouring countries.
The participation of President Afwerki in Ethiopia’s celebration will be the first of its kind since the two countries resumed formal relations following two decades of rupture.