Eritrea hopes UN will lift sanctions

November 05, 2018 - 2:03 pm

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea is hoping that the U.N. Security Council will soon lift sanctions it imposed against the East African nation in 2009 following its thaw in relations with Ethiopia and other neighboring countries in recent months.

The Security Council imposed an arms embargo and other tough sanctions against Eritrea for supplying weapons to al-Shabab Islamic militants opposed to the Somali government and for refusing to resolve a border dispute with neighboring Djibouti, a key U.S. ally in the Horn of Africa.

A draft resolution obtained by The Associated Press calls for the lifting of arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions imposed against Eritrea in late 2009.

The Security Council was scheduled to meet behind closed doors Monday to hear from its committee monitoring sanctions against Eritrea and Somalia.

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