By Gashaye Getahun | AMMA 18 Nov 2018 \u2013 (EP) An Eritrean man has spoken of his \u201cutmost happiness\u201d at seeing his son for the first time since their separation more than 36 years ago. Kiflay Tewelde was reunited with his 36-year-old son, Birhanu Kiflay, in an emotional meeting in Debre Markos, Ethiopia today. \u201cI came here to search for them and through the support of Debre Markos people, I have found my son and his mother Zinash Fantaye\u201d, said the delighted Kiflay. Birhanu was unborn 8 months when his father transferred to Yirga Alem in 1983. His father later transferred again to Arsi province before he went to Eritrea. The son grew up believing that his father might not be alive and remained unaware of his father true identity, except that a single photo his mother has kept. Speaking to Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) reporter Birhanu said, \u201cI knew my father was Eritrean and never thought I would see him in my life due to the breakdown of Ethio-Eri relationships.\u201d He praised the Ethiopian Prime Minister and said, \u201cI have found my father thanks to Dr. Abiy.\u201d Previously, the people of Debre Markos has shown genuine kindness to former residents by protecting illegally deported Eritreans\u2019 properties for two decades and handed over to them when they came back.