Ethiopia's quest for a Red Sea port threatens peace deal with Eritrea

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Ethiopia's desire to have access to a port on the Red Sea, specifically the port of Assab, is causing concerns that the peace deal with Eritrea could be at risk.

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Abiy and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a historic peace deal later the same year to end decades of fighting.and the admiration of the world — but now there are emerging fears that all the gains made five years ago could soon be lost. At the center of these concerns is Ethiopia's quest to have access to a port on the Red Sea, specifically the port of Assab.

It's located in "When they declared their independence, they were boasting about their ports, that they use them , they were singing for their ports. been said about the significance of the ports," Ato Yesuf Yasin, a former Ethiopian diplomat, told DW. "But now the main issue is that neither Ethiopia nor Eritrea, nor the people of Afar who live in and around the coastal areas, benefit from the ports," he added, referring to the Ethiopian region that borders Tigray and Eritrea.Prime Minister Abiy said Ethiopia deserves a port of its own, which shouldn't come at a huge cost, and has signaled his country's readiness to regain access to the Assab port. "The Red Sea and the Nile will determine Ethiopi

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