Ethiopia, one of the world’s poorest nations, is working with Somalia to settle a centuries-old religious feud over the name of its main church.
The agreement, announced Friday by Ethiopian Prime Minister Isaias Emomali, will see the naming of a new church in the southern coastal city of Port Said.
The announcement comes days after a Somali court awarded the countrys largest Christian denomination a court order to name a new mosque in the capital Mogadishu.
The court, however, said it could not do so without the consent of the state.
Ethiopia is a Muslim-majority country and shares a border with Somalia.
The two countries, which share a long border, have fought a long-running dispute over the ownership of the main Christian cathedral in the coastal city.
The church in Port Said, in southern Somalia, is the third-largest in the world and is named after the apostle Paul.
The church was established by Muslim rulers in the 10th century.
In a statement, Emomal said he wanted to “reignite” peace and reconciliation in the region.
“The future of our country rests on the good will of all people and on the unity of our nation,” he said.