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Ethiopia asks for Eritrean sanctions to be dropped

10 July 2018

Ethiopia has officially submitted a request to the UN Secretary General asking for the sanctions imposed on neighbouring Eritrea to be lifted, the Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) reported on 10 July.

Security Council Resolution 1907 was approved in 2009 after Eritrea was accused of supporting the Somali militant group Al-Shabaab. It includes an arms embargo, as well as travel bans and asset freezes targeting Eritrean leaders.

The ENA said Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed made the request when he met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on 10 July. Guterres responded that the sanctions would no longer be needed following a peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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