Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afeworki on Monday reopened a border crossing between their countries as part of an ongoing reconciliation between the former foes.

The two leaders re-opened the border crossing between Humera in Ethiopia and OumHajer in Eritrea on the western edge of both nations.

“The opening of the border will further enable the people to people connection on both sides and facilitate cross-border trade in the long term,” Abiy’s office said.

In September, an initial two land crossings between the countries were ceremonially reopened for the first time in 20 years, after Abiy settled a long-standing border dispute by agreeing to adhere to a United Nations ruling.

However, Eritrea put restrictions on major crossings between Bure-DebaySima in the east and Zalambessa-Serha in the west were closed again last month without explanation.

Nevertheless, relations between the neighbors have continued to improve rapidly with Monday’s reopening of the Humera-OumHajer border post the latest sign of normalization allowing the free movement of people and goods. (Daily monitor)