The development was part of a head-snapping series of diplomatic moves between the two nations, after they formally declared an end this month to their”state of war,” a two-decade standoff that followed a brutal border conflict that claimed about 80,000 lives.
The job of ambassador went to Semere Russom, who was Eritrea’s education minister and a former envoy to the United States, Information Minister YemaneG. Meskel said on Twitter.
In a joint declaration ending the state of war on July 9, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea said, “A new era of peace and friendship has been opened.” Mr Abiy also said that the two countries are “not only intertwined in interests but also in blood”.
Since the diplomatic thaw, passenger fights have resumed between the two countries, with the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to Eritrea landing last Wednesday. The Ethiopian Airlines flight to Asmara received a red-carpet welcome.
An Ethiopian state TV journalist, Addisalem Hadgu, who had not seen his two daughters and his Eritrean wife in 18 years, was reunited with his family thanks to the thaw in relations.
“It was years of darkness. The separation and longing were unthinkable,” he said through tears on Thursday. “Imagine someone who just won a lottery. That is how I feel now.”
Ethiopian Airlines said it would start a regular service between Addis Ababa and Asmara this week.
Diplomatic relations were never restored because the sides could not agree on how to implement a peace deal.
The two countries have been locked in a tense military standoff since the border war that began in 1998.
The historic reconciliation could transform politics and security in the volatile Horn region, which hundreds of thousands of young people have fled in recent years in search of safety and opportunities in Europe.
If the peace is concluded between the two, the next step would be for officials from the two countries to physically demarcate the border. A task which has been impossible until now because it is a military zone.