Treaty of Addis Ababa

23 Oct, 1896

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This treaty which was signed by Ethiopia under Menelik II and the Italians states the unconditional abrogation of the Treaty of Wuchale.

Emperor Menelik II with entourage) Emperor Menelik II with entourage

This treaty which was signed by Ethiopia under Menelik II and the Italians states the unconditional abrogation of the Treaty of Wuchale, and recognition of the sovereign independence of Ethiopia. This followed fter the decisive Battle of Adwa in March of the same year, in which Ethiopian forces commanded by Menelik II defeated the Italians decisively. The Italians would retain most, if not all, of the territories beyond the Mareb-Belessa and May/Muni rivers they had taken.

The border between Ethiopia proper and Eritrea was further defined in a series of agreements in 1900, 1902, and 1908.

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