Issayas first came to Addis Abeba as an understudy in the mid-1960s where he considered designing at the Haile Sellasie University College, now Addis Abeba University(AAU). His uncle, Dejazmatch Abraha, was a chairman of Wollo, in Amhara Regional State.
Dropping out of school, he joined the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF), before he split far from his partners to shape the Eritrean People Liberation Front (EPLF). Issayas came back to Addis Abeba in June 1991, driving the designation of the EPLF that had an eyewitness part at the meeting that built up the transitional government in Ethiopia after the fall of the military Marxist administration. He had gone to Addis Abeba a few times previously the aftermath between the two countries, and he is currently returning favors to Prime Minister Abiy, following the point of interest visit to Asmera.
Upon his landing in Bole International Airport with a plain and unflagged flying machine, Issayas was welcomed by the Prime Minister, government authorities, religious pioneers, prominent identities and specialists in a domain of tight security, where red-bereted troops seemed everywhere throughout the landing area.
Leaving the airplane terminal in a motorcade, the pioneers were welcomed with an enormous cheering horde of well-wishers and steed riders. Most in the group wore T-shirts delineating the photographs of Prime Minister Abiy and President Issayas. A substantial group was heard droning "Abiy! Abiy! Abiy!"
It was a scene Yemane G. Mesqel, Eritrea's Information Minister, portrayed as a "memorable, overpowering and uncommon" welcome.
"Would one be able to discover fitting words to portray the power of prevalent feelings that has grasped the two nations," Yemane tweeted that day. "The profundity and criticalness of the promising changes in progress in the locale."
His note of amazement was not a solitary voice. Eritreans for the most part responded decidedly to the warm welcome reached out by Ethiopians to their President. Sophia Tesfamariam, an Eritrean-American working with the United States Foundation for the Horn of Africa, was one of them.
"The appreciated looks like peace is being ensured and seen by the general population," she tweeted.