As ever, civilians are caught in the middle of warring ethnic groups in this strife-torn region of Ethiopia.
It’s unclear how relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara will develop but the warmth has largely gone.
It would be a mistake to ridicule what’s been achieved in the Horn of Africa, but obstacles remain.
The Eritrean ports of Massawa and Assab will hum with life once more as trade flows through them.
Few believed they would see an end to two decades of hostility between Eritrea and Ethiopia.
If peace is achieved between Ethiopia and Eritrea, it will help stabilise the Horn of Africa, and the broader East Africa region.
A deal brokered by Ethiopia to develop the port at Berbera will have a ripple effect across the Horn of Africa.