The Wall Street Journal: Ethiopia and Eritrea take concrete steps to ending two-decade-old conflict

Ethiopia and Eritrea announced the first concrete steps toward normalizing relations after two decades of conflict during an unprecedented visit Sunday by the Ethiopian prime minister.

The two neighboring archenemies agreed to open up their airspace to one another, re-establish telephone communications, reopen embassies and allow Ethiopia — which became landlocked when Eritrea seceded a quarter-century ago — to use its smaller coastal neighbor’s port, gaining precious access to the Red Sea, the countries’ leaders said.

Lasting peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea could herald a new era in a strategic part of Africa near the Middle East. Ethiopia is a top Western and Chinese ally in the conflict-prone Horn of Africa, near one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

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