Eritrea hopes for lifting of UN Security Council sanctions

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Ashraf Shazly, AFP file picture | Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reviews the honor guard during his welcome ceremony in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on June 11, 2015
Ashraf Shazly, AFP file picture | Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reviews the honor guard during his welcome ceremony in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on June 11, 2015

The Eritrean government has reached out to the U.N Security Council seeking to have a number of sanctions placed on the Horn of Africa nation lifted.

Eritrea has had an arms embargo as well as other tough sanctions placed on it by the Security Council over its involvement in supplying weapons to Islamic militants opposing the Somali government.

According to the Associated Press, a draft resolution by the council would lift the arms embargoes, travel bans, asset freezes and targeted sanctions imposed in late 2009.

It also urges Eritrea and Djibouti “to continue efforts to settle their border dispute peacefully in a manner consistent with international law” and to engage on Djibouti combatants missing in action.

The Security Council met privately to hear from its committee monitoring sanctions on Eritrea and Somalia.

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