Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said his country’s troops will start withdrawing from border areas with Eritrea from today.
Mr Abiy made the announcement amid the reopening of Burre and Zalambessa border crossings by the leaders of the two countries, which have been in a state of war over the last 20 years due to a border dispute.
Despite the recent rapprochement with Eritrea, Ethiopia had remained in violation of a resolution reached by a boundary commission in 2000 which ordered it to withdraw its troops.
Last week, soldiers from both sides took part in an exercise to clear mines and road blocks that had hindered trade and movement of people between the two countries.
But both countries signed up to a new peace deal in July – dramatically changing the relationship between Eritrea and Ethiopia which have had no diplomatic or trade relations since the late 1990s.