UN Lifts Sanctions on Eritrea After Nine Years

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UN Lifts Sanctions on Eritrea After Nine Years

The United Nations has lifted its sanctions on Eritrea, nine years after they were imposed by the international organisation.

Wednesday’s decision, made during a meeting of the UN Security Council, follows a rapprochement between Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia in recent months.

The Security Council welcomed the improved relationship between the two countries but added that Eritrea needs to strive for closer ties with its other neighbour, Djibouti.

Eritrea and Djibouti have been at odds over a border dispute since June 2008 that led to military clashes which killed a dozen Djiboutian troops.

Repeated violence over the disputed territory raised fears the conflict could engulf the entire Horn of Africa region.

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