In pictures: Eritrean and Ethiopian leaders meet at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has conferred the Order of Zayed (First Class) to Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea, and Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, in recognition of their efforts to end the conflict between their countries and open new horizons for cooperation and coordination, and in appreciation for their role in strengthening cooperation with the UAE.
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Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed's remarks came during the commencement of a tripartite meeting on Tuesday, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi, between Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, President Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea, and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia.
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The UAE's relations with Ethiopia and Eritrea were marked by a common desire to usher in peace and prosperity, Sheikh Mohamed noted, adding that the Ethio-Eritrea Peace and Friendship Agreement would result in further cooperation and coordination, and enhance security and stability in the Horn of Africa and benefit the peoples of the wider region.
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President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has conferred the Order of Zayed (First Class) to Isaias Afwerki, President of Eritrea, and Dr Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, in recognition of their efforts to end the conflict between their countries and open new horizons for cooperation and coordination, and in appreciation for their role in strengthening cooperation with the UAE.
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Such efforts are vital to achieving comprehensive and sustainable development for all peoples globally, His Highness added.
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Isaias Afwerki and Dr Abiy Ahmed expressed their happiness at being presented the award. They appreciated the UAE's efforts in supporting peace and development in their countries and its role in building bridges of friendship, cooperation and peace with various countries.
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The UAE affirmed its support for the peace agreement between the two countries in the interest of maintaining a proper relationship in a framework of good neighbourliness and respect for international laws and charters.
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"The UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, supports every effort to achieve peace, security and stability worldwide and believes that the achievement of peace and security is the key to achieving comprehensive and sustainable development," said Sheikh Mohamed.
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