Ramaphosa congratulates Ethiopian Prime Minister for Nobel Peace Prize_1

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday, 11 October 2019, congratulated Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on being awarded the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Prime Minister Ahmed was earlier on Friday recognised by the Nobel Committee “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea.”

Ramaphosa congratulates Ahmed

In a statement, Ramaphosa said:

“South Africa offers its warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on being awarded this prestigious prize. This award focuses global attention on our continent's relentless progress towards peace and stability." Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

The president added:

“We pay tribute to the governments and peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea for making this achievement possible and for opening up new possibilities for cooperation, integration and development, not just on the east coast of our continent but across our continent.” Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

South African president notes peace in neighbouring states

The president added that the peace achieved between the neighbouring states is an important enabler of the African Continental Free Trade Area and of the many objectives of the African Union's Agenda 2063.

Ramaphosa said:

“We all share in Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's achievement and in the future of cooperation and good neighbourliness on which the peoples of Ethiopia and Eritrea have embarked." Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa

Norwegian Nobel Committee's statement

In a statement posted on its website, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it hoped that the Nobel Peace Prize will strengthen Prime Minister Abiy in his important work for peace and reconciliation.

"A peaceful, stable and successful Ethiopia will have many positive side-effects, and will help to strengthen fraternity among nations and peoples in the region. With the provisions of Alfred Nobel's will firmly in mind, the Norwegian Nobel Committee sees Abiy Ahmed as the person who in the preceding year has done the most to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019." Norwegian Nobel Committee

By African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Lindiz van Zilla