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Ethiopian foreign ministry discloses Isaias’s meeting with PM Abiy.

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Ethiopia’s foreign ministry has said the prime minister Abiy Ahmed will soon meet his counterpart, Eritrean president Isaias Afwerki, following the successful engagement with the delegation from Asmara.

State broadcaster Fana BC quoted Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, the foreign minister saying the Eritrean delegation paved fertile ground to restore peace between the two countries.



Abiy on Tuesday received the first high level Eritrean delegation that had visited Addis Ababa since 1998. The delegation had been sent to explore recent Ethiopia’s recent offer to hand over the disputed town of Badme, and effectively normalise relations between the two countries.

After the state dinner hosted in honour of the delegation by Abiy, both parties declared that the steps taken would lay the foundation for a new era of peace and development.

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The foreign ministry also confirmed that Abiy sent a letter to President Afwerki on Thursday. This follow a video message he sent to his counterpart when Eritrea announced its decision to send a delegation.

The Eritrean delegation visited the Hawassa industrial park on Wednesday. The industrial park, which is 275 km from the capital Addis Ababa, has so far attracted 18 leading global apparel and textile companies as well as created jobs for over 18,000 people.

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Former communication minister arrested over corruption in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopia’s former Communication Minister, Bereket Simon, has been arrested by the federal government at his residence in the capital, Addis Ababa, multiple news sources, state and private, have reported.



Simon is also a founding member of the ruling coalition, the Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front, EPRDF. Multiple local mdia channels are reporting that his arrest is in connection with corruption.

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Another arrested official is Tadesse Kassa, a former top civil servant. Simon was a member of the Amhara regional bloc in the EPRDF.

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His party, now the Amhara Democratic Party ousted him from executive committee membership.

Bereket resigned his position in government in October 2017 at the time as an advisor in charge of Policy Studies and Research to ex Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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Nigeria: Council of State reaches final pegs new minimum wage at 27,000

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The National Council of State presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N27,000 as the new minimum wage.



The national council approved the sum during an ongoing meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting had in attendance former presidents like Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, among others.

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