Horn of Africa Demands Lifting of Sanctions on Eritrea

October 02, 2018


ADDIS ABABA (ENA) – Foreign Ministers of the Horn of African countries Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea united during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in lifting sanctions laid on Eritrea, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In this regard, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea voiced their stands to the world to lift the sanctions.

Ethiopia and Eritrea, ending two decades of conflict, have opened new chapter in their relationship, Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said, adding that “we are normalizing relations and charting a future in which our relationship will truly reflect the longstanding ties between our two peoples.”

He further noted that Somalia and Eritrea have reconciled their differences and re-established diplomatic relations.

Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia had Trilateral Summit early this month in Asmara which marked new relationship.

Following the Trilateral Summit, Foreign Ministers of the three countries visited Djibouti which opened a new phase in relations between Djibouti and Eritrea.

It is to be recalled that the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki described the rapprochement as “demonstration of the value and effectiveness of the search of African solutions to African problems.”

Noting that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the President of Eritrea Isayas Afwerki have signed a further comprehensive cooperation agreement in Jeddah, Foreign Minister Workneh stressed that “in light of these important and positive developments, it is only appropriate and timely that the Security Council now seriously considers lifting the sanctions imposed on Eritrea.”

Published: October 01, 2018

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