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Russia calls for lifting Eritrea sanctions


Russia calls for lifting Eritrea sanctions

By Radmin – September 1,

Russia considers it necessary to begin the process of lifting the UN sanctions from Eritrea

SOCHI, August 31 – RIA Novosti. Russia considers it necessary to begin the process of lifting the UN sanctions imposed on Eritrea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

End of the war: Ethiopia and Eritrea signed a peace treaty
The UN Security Council in 2009 imposed sanctions against Eritrea, including a ban on the supply of weapons to that country and the freezing of accounts of individuals and legal entities. Sanctions against Eritrea were imposed due to the fact that the territory of this country was supplied weapons to militants in neighboring Somalia who fought against the internationally recognized transitional government of the country. In addition, Eritrea refused to withdraw its troops from the border with neighboring Djibouti.
“Of course, against the backdrop of radical positive developments in the region of the Horn of Africa, especially between Eritrea and Ethiopia, we consider it necessary, in practical terms, to start lifting those sanctions that were introduced by the UN Security Council,” Lavrov said at a press conference with Foreign Minister of Eritrea Osman Saleh.

Earlier, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres stated that he did not see any further need for international sanctions against Eritrea, which signed a joint declaration on peace and friendship with Ethiopia.
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Senior delegation on working visit to Russia
Asmara, 31 August 2018- Senior Eritrean delegation composed of Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Presidential Advisor Mr. Yemane Gebrab is on a three-day working visit to the Russian Federation.

The delegation met and held talks, 31 August in Sochi with the Russian Federation Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sergey Lavrov on the development of mutual relations and on issues of interest to both countries.
Russia plans investment in Eritrean port as foreign ministers meet

By Abdur Rahman Alfa Shaban | Africa News

Russia is set to make investments in a port in Eritrea as Moscow enters talks to set up a logistics centre in the Horn of Africa nation.

RIA news agency cited Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as disclosing the move on Friday during a meeting with his Eritrean counterpart Osman Saleh.

“Lavrov said the project would help develop bilateral trade, the agency reported. It did not name the port,” a Reuters report added. Eritrea’s known port are at Massawa and Assab. A recent report by Bloomberg quoted a mines official hinting of a possibility of developing another port for potash export.

In speaking after meetings held in Sochi, Lavrov said: “We undoubtedly would like to thank you (Eritrea) for the close coordination of our approaches at the UN and other international venues.”

An Eritrean delegation – comprising Saleh and presidential advisor Yemane Ghebreab – are on an official visit to Russia. They arrived on Thursday and will end their engagements on September 1.

Eritrea has been on a renewed diplomatic engagement since President Isaias Afwerki signed a peace deal with Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy hmed in July 2018.

Ethiopia and Eritrea in July agreed to jointly develop ports on Eritrea’s Red Sea coast, Ethiopia’s state broadcaster said a day after the leaders met and agreed to normalize relations after a 20-year military standoff.