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Eritrea, United States to strengthen ties, pursue peace in Horn of Africa

Eritrea, United States to strengthen ties, pursue peace in Horn of Africa

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The United States and Eritrea have reiterated their commitment to building warm bilateral relations, and pursuing issues of mutual interest in the Horn of Africa region.

The Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, who is on a tour of Eastern Africa, met with Eritrea’s president Isaias Afwerki on Tuesday.

Eritrea’s information minister, Yemane Meskel, shared on Twitter, the commitments made by the two leaders.

Both sides further agreed to work together to consolidate the Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace Agreement.

‘‘President Isaias underlined Eritrea’s readiness for constructive engagement to foster warm ties of cooperation with US in various sectors,’‘ read part of Yemane’s tweet.

Yemane added that Nagy reiterated the decision of the United States to strengthen ties with Eritrea.

‘‘Both sides further agreed to work together to consolidate the Eritrea-Ethiopia Peace Agreement.’‘

End of hostilities?

Eritrea and the United States have had a frosty relationship, as the former accused Washington of championing the campaign to impose sanctions on Asmara.

The sanctions were lifted last month, even as Eritrea insisted that the United Nations Security Council should do more to make amends for the negative impact sanctions had on Eritreans.

The US has previosuly accused Eritrea of detaining American citizens for politically-motivated reasons, purchasing weapons from North Korea and violating the human rights of its citizens.

READ MORE: Eritrea insists on lifting of ‘unwarranted’ U.N. sanctions

Nagy is scheduled to meet Eritrea’s foreign minister, Osman Saleh and other officials.

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