“A hostile policy” and “failure to consider the facts” .. Asmara and Addis Ababa denounce Washington’s sanctions on Eritrea

Both Asmara and Addis Ababa denounced the US announcement of imposing sanctions on the Eritrean army and other entities, accusing Washington of failing to look at the facts and of adopting a misleading and hostile policy.

The Ethiopian government denounced the United States’ announcement of imposing sanctions on Eritrea, saying that Washington had failed to look at the important facts, as it put it.

In a statement published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ethiopian government said that it was the Tigray Liberation Front that fired missiles at Eritrea following its attack on the northern command of the Ethiopian army on November 3, 2020.

The statement stressed that the Eritrean government has the right to confront an imminent threat to its territorial integrity and security.

Addis Ababa also confirmed that the Ethiopian government has never submitted any complaints to the international community about the initial presence of Eritrean forces on its soil to defend its territorial integrity.

The statement added that Eritrea had evacuated its forces from Ethiopia following the announcement of a humanitarian ceasefire by the Ethiopian government at the end of June 2021.

The statement appealed to the United States to cancel its decision to impose sanctions on Eritrea and punish the Tigray Front.


In turn, Eritrea condemned today, Saturday, the sanctions imposed by the United States on Friday on its army and on other individuals and entities in Eritrea, describing them as a continuation of “Washington’s misleading and hostile policy.”

The Ministry of Information said, in a statement, that the main objective of the “illegal and immoral sanctions” is to inflict suffering and starvation on the Eritrean people to foment political unrest in the Horn of Africa country.

On Friday, Washington announced sanctions targeting Eritrea for its role in the year-old war in neighboring Ethiopia, and Washington says it is ready to take action against other parties to the conflict.

The US Treasury has blacklisted the Eritrean army and its ruling political party (the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice), as well as the party’s economic advisor and head of the Eritrean National Security Office, accusing them of contributing to the conflict in Ethiopia.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has also threatened to impose sanctions on the government of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the Tigray Liberation Front, unless progress is made in political talks.

“We are not going to impose sanctions at this time on elements associated with the Ethiopian government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, to see if these talks will make progress,” Blinken said.

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