Ethiopian to resume flights to Asmara next week

Addis Ababa, July 9, 2018 (FBC) –Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian), the largest aviation group in Africa and SKYTRAX certified four star global airline, will resume flights to Eritrean capital Asmara next week.

Ethiopian will also purchase a 20 percent stake in Eritrean Airlines, Dr Workneh Gebeyeu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, told journalists today, following Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Eritrea.

During the visit, the two countries have signed a number of agreements to resume diplomatic relations.

According to the Foreign Minister, the two countries have established a technical committee tasked to follows up the implementation of the agreements reached between them, including use of ports and air links.

Flights to Asmara are scheduled to resume next week.

According to him, passengers are required to have entry visa when the flights resume next year; however, the committee will discuss ways to offer visa-free entry to passengers in the future.

The Committee will also follow up the implementation of the Algiers Agreement, Border Commission, as well as other related issues, he added.

Regarding exchange of prisoners of war, the Foreign Minister said the Committee will conduct a study and come up with recommendations

During the discussion between the two leaders, Eritrea agreed to rejoin the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and contribute its share for the east African bloc, he added.

According to Dr Workneh, Ethiopia will work for the lifting of the sanction imposed on Eritrea and restoration of peace between Eritrea and Djibouti.

As per the agreement reached between leaders of Ethiopia and Eritrea have already started opening embassies in their respective countries, he said, adding separated citizens could unite with their families now.

Regarding the recent deal between South Sudanese rival groups, the Foreign Minister, said Ethiopia had played a significant role for the agreement inked by the rivals now.

According to Dr Workneh, the government of Ethiopia believes that Prime Minister Dr Abiy deserves a peace prize.