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.
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.