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S. Korea hails Ethiopia-Eritrea peace deal

All Headlines 15:18 July 13, 2018

SEOUL, July 13 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Friday the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea is expected to serve as a turning point in efforts to promote peace and co-prosperity in Africa.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the joint declaration to end 20 years of hostility signed by the leaders of the two sides -- Abiy Ahmed and Isaias Afwerki -- earlier this week.

They agreed to normalize diplomatic ties between the neighboring countries.

South Korea expects the historic accord to serve as a chance "not only for the reciprocal development of the two sides' relations but also for sustainable peace and prosperity across the African continent," the ministry said.

Eritrea gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993, but military tensions ran high along their border, as shown in the 1998-2000 border conflict that killed around 80,000 people.

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