Abiy to Visit Eritrea:The Eritrean delegation will arrive in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to discuss and prepare the trip of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Eritrea, sources said.
The highly anticipated talk, such as the withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Badme and the use of Massawa and Assab ports will take place in a meeting with President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki in Asmara.
However, there is a concern in Asmara that, with the TPLF still in control of Ethiopia’s army, it’s unclear if the officers stationed on the Eritrean border, many of whom are Tigrayan, would obey Abiy’s order to withdraw from Badme.
President Isaias’ advisers have said that ensuring stability in Ethiopia is more important to them than rushing to finally end the old stalemate over the border at this stage due to TPLF’s stands over the PM’s new reform.
Despite TPLF’s half-hearted agreement with the new Ethiopian prime minister on the Eritrean issue, the US Administration, European Union, the UN Secretary-General and the African Union have issued statements applauding the steps taken by Eritrea and Ethiopia to achieve durable peace and stability of the Horn of Africa region.
Even Eritrea based Ethiopian Patriotic Ginbot 7 groups have unilaterally suspended all armed resistance activities to give chance to reform measures being taken by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Source: Eritrean Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says it has unblocked 246 websites and TV channels in the latest reform under its new prime minster, whose chief of staff says “freedom of expression is a foundational right.”
Chief of staff Fitsum Arega announced the news on Twitter as Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed continues to open up the East African country after years of anti-government tensions.
The blocked websites included many run overseas in the United States and elsewhere.
Since Abiy took office in April, Ethiopia also has freed almost all jailed journalists and bloggers and dropped charges against activists critical of the government.
Ethiopians on Saturday are expected to hold massive rallies, including in the capital, Addis Ababa, to show support for the ongoing reforms.
Ethiopia foreign debt = $26b
Debt repayments next 2 years = $6b
Current projects requirements = $7b
Exports = $3b
Imports = $17b
FDI p.a = $3.6b
Africa’s 8th largest economy is on the brink. So, what happened re all the double digit economic growth of last decade? @DavidNdii
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