In response to reports that the US has changed its stance on sanctions against the Eritrean government, the State Department has issued this statement.

“The United States welcomes continued efforts from the State of Eritrea to pursue peace, prosperity, and reform. We will continue to support efforts throughout the region towards peace, integration, and cooperation on shared objectives and challenges. We are not going to speculate or get ahead of ongoing discussions at the UN regarding these issues.

Separately, we continue to call for Eritrea to release long-detained U.S. Embassy Locally Employed Staff members.”

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