Roads connecting Eritrea and Ethiopia re-opened

President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed officially opened today, 11 September, the Debai-Sima-Bure and Serha-Zalmbessa border points connecting the two countries.

Asmara, 11 September 2018- President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed officially opened today, 11 September, the Debai-Sima-Bure and Serha-Zalmbessa border points connecting the two countries.

The Debai-Sima-Bure and Serha-Zalambessa roads that have been closed for 20 years are important roads transporting people and goods from and to Eritrea-Ethiopia and especially goods from Assab and Massawa ports.

The event was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Osman Saleh, Presidential Adviser, Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Maj. Gen. Humed Mohammed Karikare and Ambassador Mohammed-Seid Mantai, Governor of the Southern Red Sea region on the Eritrean side and Mr. Demeke Mokonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Gen. Seare Mokennen, Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian Armed Forces on the Ethiopian side.

At the ceremony held to re-open the Debai-Sima-Bure road, the two leaders were accorded warm welcome by the Sultan of Rahaita, Mr. Abdulkadir Dawud, village elders, religious leaders as well as by members of the Armed Forces of the two countries.

In the same vein, President Isaias Afwerki and Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed in the afternoon hours of today, 11 September accompanied by the high level delegations and members of the Armed Forces as well as a number of nationals of both countries officially opened the Serha-Zalambessa road.

Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed returned home in the afternoon hours of today.