FOUR HORN OF AFRICAN NATIONS CALL FOR LIFTING OF SANCTIONS ON ERITREA

ADDIS ABABA– Foreign Ministers of four Horn of African countries — Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia and Eritrea — united during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly session to call for the lifting of sanctions on Eritrea, the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in statement here Monday.

Ethiopia and Eritrea recently ended two decades of conflict and have opened anew chapter in their relationship, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu told the UNGA, adding: 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 had also reconciled their differences and re-established diplomatic relations. Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia held a Trilateral Summit early this month in Asmara, Eritrea, which marked the start of the new relationship.

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

African Union (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 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrea’s President Isayas Afwerki have signed a further comprehensive co-operation agreement in Jeddah, 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.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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