Friday, July 25, 2014

Understanding ‘the other:’ My travels from Egypt to Ethiopia

(July 25, 2014, (Al-Arabiya))--Egypt and Ethiopia issued a joint statement a few weeks ago, confirming their mutual commitment to the principles of cooperation, mutual respect and good neighborly relations as well as to the principles of respecting international law and achieving common interests.

The statement was issued by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn following discussions they held in Malabo during the recent African summit.

The statement reminds of the special relations the two countries enjoyed before they witnessed what I see as an obvious chill in ties during the eras of Hosni Mubarak and Mohammad Mursi.

If we take a quick look at the Egyptian-Ethiopian relationship, we realize that it dates back to Egypt under the pharaohs, before borders were crystallized, and that it has continued to develop and flourish thorough consequent periods until its decline during the Ottoman era. Read more from Al-Arabiya »

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