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Somalia, Eritrea sign agreement to establish diplomatic ties

The presidents of Somalia and Eritrea on Monday signed an agreement to establish diplomatic ties after over a decade of animosity. The move is seen as the latest fast-track rapprochement in the Horn of Africa. “The two countries will establish diplomatic relations and exchange ambassadors,” said a joint declaration “on brotherly relations” signed in Asmara by Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, AFP reported. Previous Somali administrations have accused Eritrea of supplying weapons to Islamist insurgents fighting the fragile government in Mogadishu, while Eritrea has said the accusations were concocted by Ethiopia. Eritrea and Ethiopia fought a border war between 1998 and 2000 during which tens of thousands died, Reuters said.