Somalia and Eritrean leaders agreed Saturday to resume their diplomatic ties and open embassies in their capitals.
The decision was made during a summit in Asmara, Eritrea, where Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo began a historic three-day visit Saturday. The two nations have not had diplomatic ties for nearly 15 years.
The two leaders also discussed regional security and changing relations among Horn of Africa countries. The region is of importance to the wealthy nations just across the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, who are interested in a strategic foothold in East Africa through its very busy shipping lanes.