Ethiopia: Eritrea Sends High-Level Delegation to Ethiopia

A group of Eritrean men, women and children who have just been dropped off dusty and tired at the entry point in the small town of Adinbried, about 50km southeast of Badme, having crossed the border during the preceding night.

A high-level delegation from Eritrea is in neighboring Ethiopia for historic talks that could bring an end to one of Africa's longest-running conflicts.

The Eritrean delegation arrived in Addis Ababa Tuesday. Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki pledged to send the delegation last week during his country's Martyrs Day observance in the capital, Asmara. President Afwerki's pledge was in response to one made earlier this month by Ethiopia's new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed that he will honor a deal signed in 2000 to end a two-year border war.

Ethiopia had long refused to accept the terms of the deal, which included withdrawing from the border town of Badme. Eritrea, a former province of Ethiopia, broke away in 1993.

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