In a shocking diplomatic thaw that reshaped the Horn of Africa, this year Ethiopia's prime minister announced his country would fully accept a deal ending a 20-year border war with Eritrea.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has the momentum to strengthen Ethiopia's democratic institutions and restore trust in the system. The trick is to turn this goodwill into tangible policy change.
Border conflicts have marred east African states for decades, but some political goodwill has finally emerged in the region, seeking to build an enduring peace.
The UN Security Council lifted the arms embargo, all travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions against Eritrea.
The worst of the refugee crises might be over, but migrants seeking a better life are finding new ways to Europe.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed the deal in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah in the presence of Saudi King Salman and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Ethiopia and Eritrea had been at war for 20 years over the location of boundaries between the two countries.
Under Abiy Ahmed, Ethiopia has instituted reforms including releasing political prisoners, diluting state control of the economy and making peace with northern neighbour Eritrea after two decades of hostility.
The flight is the latest concrete sign of a thaw between the neighbouring countries which began only six weeks ago.
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reopened his country's embassy in neighbouring Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, marking a dramatic thaw in relations after years of stalemate.
"We are one people," says Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, who is in Addis Ababa for a three-day state visit, just a month after a peace deal that ended a 1998-2000 deadly border war between two neighbours.
Ethiopia's new reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki sign peace deal officially ending one of Africa's most intractable military stand-offs.
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