The bitter border conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, once a single nation, played out far from the global spotlight. Abiy’s abrupt announcement last year, just weeks after taking office, that his country would fully embrace a peace deal revived hopes for an end to one of Africa’s longest wars.
No one immediately knew whether the gesture of peace would be returned. Eritrea is one of the world’s most closed-off nations, and longtime President Isaias Afwerki’s response, if any, was mere speculation. Then, in another surprise, he accepted.
Here is a look at the conflict and its end.