Eritrea, Djibouti may draw line under dispute dating to 2008
Latest rapprochement in African region on key shipping route
By Nizar Manek, 7 September 2018
The Red Sea states of Eritrea and Djibouti agreed to normalize relations, a further sign of what Eritrea’s president called a “season of peace” in the strategically important Horn of Africa region that has been riven by rivalries.
The agreement may draw a line under a border dispute between the countries whose troops clashed in 2008 and may help once-isolated Eritrea secure the removal of near-decade-old United Nations sanctions. It’s the latest movement toward harmony in an area that’s on a key shipping route to the Suez Canal, following an historic peace deal between Eritrea and regional giant Ethiopia in July that’s ending 20 years of tensions.