Malala Yousufzai praises Ethiopian PM for winning Nobel Peace Prize

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LONDON: A Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousufzai, on Friday congratulated Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed Ali for winning the 2019 — Nobel Peace Prize.

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In a tweet, she said: “Congratulations to Prime Minister @AbiyAhmedAli, winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, and to all people working for reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea”.

Known as a reformer, Abiy Ahmed won the world’s most prestigious award for his efforts, to resolve the long-running clash with neighboring foe Eritrea.

The 43-year-old Ethiopian Prime Minister came into power in April 2018; and he after years of civil disturbance in the country started mending relations with Eritrea following decades of conflict between the countries.

On July 9, 2018, following a historic meeting in Eritrea’s capital Asmara, Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki formally ended a 20-year-old stalemate between the countries in the wake of the 1998-2000 border conflict.

A peace deal was signed later that year; and delegations have been reopened and flight routes between the countries resumed.