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Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed Ali was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this week, in large part for his efforts to normalize relations with Eritrea. This map, from 1979, helps explain the geopolitical context of the Ethiopia-Eritrea relationship: when Eritrea became independent of Ethiopia in 1991 after 30 years of fighting, Ethiopia, once a major Red Sea power, was left landlocked. Working together to improve the Eritrean ports shown on this map as Aseb (in the south) and Mits'iwa (in the north) has been a major item on Abiy Ahmed's agenda. Prior to Eritrean independence, Aseb handled two-thirds of Ethiopia's trade and Mits'iwa was home to the Ethiopian navy. legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/africa/ethiopia.gif
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