Of all the leaders that graced Eritrea and Ethiopia none have meant as much to the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. This is a moment in African history that will be etched as one of the most significant events because it is a turning point for hundreds of millions of people that suffered needlessly for twenty years now.
It is hard not to look back. But, it is clear that we need to understand how to move forward by placing the past on the proper context. It is important to look ahead so we can build a future based on mutual respect, understanding, respect of the rule of law and boundaries.
I have no doubt President Isaias and Prime Minister Abiy will chart direction that is future oriented and good for the region. I am optimistic because this feels right. It feels good. And it is welcomed by all.
There will be challenges but the challenges will be nothing compared to what we went through for over 80 years and specifically for the last 20 years.
The people of Eritrea know and understand peace. The people of Eritrea have worked extremely hard for peace. The people of Eritrea have sacrificed a great deal for peace. The people of Eritrea worked hard, persevered and sacrificed because they understood and knew that this day is inevitable.
This feels much better than acrimony, mistrust, conflict and wars. The hug President Isaias Afewerki and Prime Minister Abi Ahmed exchanged is the hug between the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Congratulations Eritrea Ethiopia. July 8 is peace day for Ethiopia and Eritrea.