Ethiopia Denounces US’s Latest Sanctions on Eritrea

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia has denounced the latest sanctions the United States the US government imposed on Eritrea.

The US has placed sanctions on Eritrea’s military, its ruling party and two officials, accusing them of contributing to the war in northern region of Ethiopia.

The government of Ethiopia “denounces the announcement of the United States on November 12, 2021, to impose sanctions on the State of Eritrea,” the ministry of foreign affairs said on Saturday.

The latest move shows that the US has failed to consider important facts, the ministry said.

The Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) fired rockets at a sovereign country, Eritrea, following its unprovoked attack on the Northern Command of Ethiopia’s National Defense Forces on November 3, 2020.

“It is the sovereign right of the Eritrean Government to respond to imminent danger to its territorial integrity and security,” the ministry said.

The Ministry also said Ethiopia has never “lodged any grievances to the international community regarding the initial presence of Eritrean forces on its soil in defense of their territorial integrity”.

“The prerogative to put forth such a complaint lies with the Government of Ethiopia and not any other country,” it said.

Besides, Eritrea has evacuated its military forces from Ethiopia following the declaration of the Unilateral Humanitarian Ceasefire by the Government at the end of June 2021.

And it said the Government does not believe that the State of Eritrea is an impediment to sustainable peace in Ethiopia.

“The real and present threat to peace in Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa Region is the continued belligerence and aggression of the TPLF,” it said. “We reiterate that the international community’s reluctance to strongly condemn the destabilizing roles of the TPLF has emboldened the terrorist group.”

“If the purpose of sanctions is to compel parties to cease their destabilizing actions, the Ethiopian Government strongly believes that the real target for sanctions and further tougher actions by the US Government and the greater international community should be directed towards the TPLF,” it added.

“We, therefore, implore the US Government to rescind its decision to impose sanctions on the State of Eritrea and to take actions against the real root cause of the current challenges in Ethiopia-the TPLF,” the statement said.