UN sanctions relief for Eritrea this month would decrease tax risks, indicate accelerating normalisation of international relations

09 November 2018


A UK-drafted resolution proposing the immediate removal of sanctions against Eritrea is likely to be supported by the US government in the United Nations Security Council during voting on 14 November, according to international media reports.

This represents a shift from the US stance in September, backed by the United Kingdom, arguing that Eritrea must address human rights and other concerns before being granted sanctions relief. Eritrea has not yet publicly addressed these concerns. Several media reports cited the particular influence of US National Security Advisor John Bolton in changing the US position. The UK resolution also reportedly stresses the importance of Eritrea and Djibouti resolving their territorial dispute over the Doumeira Mountains.

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