US slams trade sanctions on Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea


US slams trade sanctions on Ethiopia, Mali, Guinea


By Tasie Theodore



The United States has slammed Ethiopia, Mali and Guinea with trade sanctions effective January 1, citing its disapproval over political developments in the affected countries.


As part of the regime of sanctions, the countries are being taken off the duty-free African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA regime.


Violations of internationally recognised human rights, lack of progress in the arena of political pluralism and rule of law infractions are key areas of US disapproval with the three countries and President Biden had communicated same to the US Congress several weeks ago.


While the immediate cause of the sanctions on Ethiopia is linked to the war between the central government and the regional leaders in Tigray, Mali and Guinea are being slammed for democratic and military rule violations.


The Government in Addis Ababa has asked the US administration to reconsider the sanctions.



Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia


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