The National Reconciliation Team from Ethiopia was in Nairobi yesterday where they paid a courtesy call to ODM leader Raila Odinga, to pick his brain of issues of national importance and how Odinga’s input would help in solving problems of the country as well as put it on a path to reconciliation and healing.
”Held a meeting with members of the Ethiopia Reconciliation Commission who are in the country to learn from the Kenyan experience in trying to address historical and current issues that have negatively impacted their nation,” wrote Raila Odinga on his official twitter handle.
Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem who was in attendance, said the team was hoping to learn from Kenya’s experience in addressing historical injustices, more so on the workings of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission that was set up after post-election violence.While speaking at Capitol Hill,Odinga praised Ethiopia’s opening of bilateral and diplomatic relations with its erstwhile enemy of more than 26 years, Eritrea, as a positive gesture that would help create partnerships across the region.
“Ethiopia has gone through a very turbulent period and right now it is in transition to democracy with new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has began the process of unifying and reconciling various communities and is also creating new relationships with neighbours of Ethiopia,” Raila said.
“One has been reconciliation with Eritrea. As you know, for a long time there was conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia but soon after Abiy came to power he moved to seal a peace process between the two countries.” Raila said Addis and Nairobi shared a cordial relation, adding that the two countries were committed to strengthening their relations.
“We share a long common border with communities across the border and we want to have peaceful relationship and cooperation.”
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