The Secretary-General of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saud Alsarhan, said in a statement to Bloomberg that the peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea is a "materialization of extensive Saudi back-channel diplomacy to maintain stability and development in one of the world’s most strategic locations."
Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed signed a peace agreement in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the presence of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud.
Alsarhan added that the agreement can also be seen in terms of the fact that Riyadh is moving forward through the conclusion of this important agreement as a cornerstone in the vision of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Vision 2030, which aims to make Saudi Arabia a global logistical and shipping hub. “This can only be realized if the Horn of Africa is at peace,” Alsarhan said. “Hosting the signing of the Ethiopian-Eritrean peace agreement in Jeddah is an important sign of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to regional peace, security, and the freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.”
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