President Farmaajo arrives Eritrea for a historic diplomatic visit

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Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo began a historic three-day visit to Eritrea on Saturday, where he holds talks with his counterpart in Asmara.

Eritrea’s information minister announced on Friday that Somalia’s leader was invited by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.

“Somalia is ready to write a new chapter of its relations with Eritrea,” Somalia’s presidential Communications Director Abdinur Mohamed Ahmed said Saturday on Twitter.

The two countries have not had any diplomatic ties for nearly 15 years, however, the spokesman stated the visit “will open the doors for diplomatic relations and new cooperation between the two nations.”

Somali and Eritrean flags were placed along the streets of the Eritrean capital, Asmara, ahead of the visit.

The visit by Farmajo comes after the long-time rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia restored diplomatic ties, a move that ended the regional and international isolation of Eritrea that lasted for nearly two decades

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