Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki has arrived in Addis Ababa for a three-day state visit, as part of an unprecedented softening of tensions between his country and Ethiopia.
Saturday’s visit by Afwerki, his first in 20 years, comes a week after Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made a landmark visit to Eritrea’s capital, Asmara.
An agreement signed in Asmara by the two Horn of Africa nations on Monday formally ended a conflict that has been ongoing for more than two decades.
The newly-appointed reformist Abiy first instigated the peace overtures and restoration of relations in April.
Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi, reporting from Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya, stressed the important value of the visit by Afwerki, who