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UN chief cheers Ethiopia-Eritrea rapprochement

ADDIS ABABA, July 9 (Reuters) – United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Monday that the rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea was “illustrative of a new wind of hope blowing across Africa”.

Guterres was visiting the Ethiopian capital a day after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isaias Afkwerki declared that a “state of war” since a 1998-2000 conflict had given way peace and vowed to restore diplomatic and trade links.

“The visit by the Ethiopian Prime Minister (to Asmara on Sunday) is an amazing success,” Guterres told reporters in Addis Ababa. (Reporting by Aaron Maasho Writing by Maggie Fick Editing by Robin Pomeroy)