The European Union (EU) is building a roadway to strengthen the truce between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica announced the project during a trip to Eritrea on February 8, according to Africanews. The road will establish a connection between Eritrea's port cities and the Ethiopian border. 

“The European Union is committed to support Eritrea and Ethiopia in delivering their historic peace agreement, which ended twenty years of conflict,” Mimica said in a statement.

“To back this, we are launching a €20 million [$22.7 million] program to rebuild the roads connecting both countries. This will boost trade, consolidate stability and have clear benefits for the citizens of both countries through the creation of sustainable growth and jobs.”

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The EU Trust Fund for Africa and the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS) will fund the roadway.

Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace deal in July 2018, ending 20 years of conflict between the nations, as Blavity previously reported.

The two East African countries also plan to sign an agreement establishing a joint commission that will handle border trade, transportation, immigration and other interactions between the two countries, reports Borkena.

Goodwill missions are also ongoing. The Eritrean Public Diplomacy Team visited Ethiopia last week to host concerts in the cities of Bahir Dar, Awassa, Adama and Addis Ababa. Ethiopia will send a group of diplomacy officials to Eritrea in March.

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