Eritrea tells Ethiopia: Ball remains in your court, regarding peace


Eritrea has responded to comments from Ethiopia’s new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, calling for reconciliation between the two countries by telling him the ball remains in Ethiopia’s court.

Ahmed invited the Eritrean government to initiate dialogue on Monday after being sworn in as Ethiopia’s new prime minister. However, Eritrean Information Minister Yemane Genre Meskel responded by telling the BBC that progress between the two countries depends on Ethiopia.

Ball in your court

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed called on the Eritrean government to participate in dialogue and help resolve ongoing tensions between the neighbouring countries, as he addressed the Ethiopian House of People’s Representatives on Monday.

“We are fully committed to reconciling with our Eritrean brothers and sisters and extended an invitation to the Eritrean government to start dialogue and establish rapport,” he said. “I call on the Eritrean government to take the same stand.”

Ahmed address was largely praised for being reconciliatory and progressive regarding Ethiopia’s domestic and international challenges but Eritrea has responded with a different view.

“The ball has stayed for too long in Ethiopia’s court,” Information Minister Yemane Genre Meskel told the BBC.

“Ethiopia needs to honour its treaty obligations and respect Eritrea’s sovereignty and territorial integrity by withdrawing from occupied territories – including Badme,” he added.

“Peace will indeed be beneficial to the two peoples but obviously, this must be predicated on respect of international law which Ethiopia continues to flout to date.”

Featured image: By Skilla1st – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.