Amidst the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki last week made an unexpected official visit to Ethiopia, becoming the first head of state to travel abroad during these critical days.

Accompanied by Foreign Minister Osman Saleh and Presidential Advisor Yemane Ghebreab, the Eritrean president arrived at Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport last Sunday and was cordially received by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

At a time when world leaders are choosing to hold

virtual meetings, Mr Afeworki’s decision to meet PM Ahmed in person has raised eyebrows.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

In addition, his trip to Ethiopia breaks the current internationally held social distancing norms.

The two leaders are said to have held discussions on the global threat of Covid-19 and on the invasion by desert locusts that has posed a big threat to regional food security.

Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki (right) is welcomed to Ethiopia by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on July 14, 2018. Amidst the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Afeworki last week made an unexpected official visit to Ethiopia, becoming the first head of state to travel abroad during these critical days. PHOTO| MICHAEL TEWELDE | AFP

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