UN Security Council lifts sanctions on Eritrea
The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on Wednesday to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Eritrea after the country's recent rapprochement towards neighbors in the Horn of Africa, Xinhua reports.
In a unanimous vote, the council approved Resolution 2444 to lift arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions, which had been imposed on Eritrea since 2009.
The removal of the sanctions was the culmination of regional political developments that unfolded since Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace agreement in Asmara on July 9, ending a 20-year conflict.
Furthermore, the two countries signed an Agreement on Peace, Friendship and Comprehensive Cooperation on Sept. 16, which was welcomed by council members.
In addition, Wednesday's resolution urged Eritrea and Djibouti to work towards normalizing ties and settling their 2008 border dispute.
The council imposed sanctions on Eritrea in 2009 for its alleged support of Al-Shabaab insurgents in Somalia. The UN's most powerful body slapped more sanctions on the Horn of African country in three other resolutions from 2011 to 2013.
Wednesday's resolution recognized that UN monitors have "not found conclusive evidence that Eritrea supports Al-Shabaab."