Eritrea refuses to visit a senior UN official
Informed diplomatic sources said that the Eritrean government refused to grant a visa to Ambassador Khairat Amirov, head of the sanctions committee on Somalia and Eritrea of the UN Security Council.
Ambassador Amirov, a Kazakh, visited Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya to discuss the security, political and economic situation in the Horn of Africa before presenting a periodic report to the Security Council on the international sanctions imposed on Somalia and Eritrea.
Officials said the official had asked to visit Eritrea and to discuss with officials, but the Eritrean government refused to grant him a visa to visit the country. It is not the first time that Eritrea has refused to visit UN officials to discuss sanctions imposed on the country since 2009. While the Eritrean government says the sanctions imposed on it are unfair and demands to be lifted, diplomatic observers note that it is not making any efforts with the relevant committees of the Security Council in this regard , Which confirms the lack of seriousness and keen to lift international sanctions, contrary to what it says in its local media.
Photo: Ambassador Khairat Amirov, Chairman of the International Sanctions Committee on Eritrea and Somalia: UN Archive
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