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Eritrea Leader to Revisit Ethiopia as Talks Turn to Rebels

  • Trip comes amid plans for Eritrea-based rebels to return home
  • African neighbors officially ended two-decade conflict in July
Isaias Afwerki

Isaias Afwerki

Photographer: Khaled Fazaa/AFP via Getty Images
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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki will make his second trip to Ethiopia since the Horn of Africa nations declared peace in July, amid signs that Ethiopian rebels previously designated as terrorists will return home unarmed to participate in politics.

Plans for Isaias’ visit were relayed by Nigusu Tilahun, the chief of communications for Ethiopia’s Amhara regional state, who didn’t give a date. The announcement comes after Amhara authorities signed a reconciliation agreement with the rebel Amhara Democratic Forces Movement this week in Eritrea, allowing the group to pursue political activities in Ethiopia after they disarm, Nigusu said in a statement.