US removes Eritrea from counter-terror non-cooperation list

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The United States government has removed Eritrea from its list of countries not cooperating with its counter-terrorism efforts.

The reclusive Horn of Africa nation will not be present on the updated list of nations due to be published on Wednesday, following improved relations between the two countries. In November, the US removed a number of sanctions placed against Eritrea after a landmark peace deal was signed between Eritrea and neighbouring Ethiopia.

US removes Eritrea from counter-terrorism non-cooperation list

Eritrea’s removal from the US’ list of nations deemed not to be cooperating with its counter-terror efforts is the latest sign of improved relations between the two countries. The horn of Africa nations was previously on the list alongside nations including Iran and North Korea. An updated version of the list will be published on Wednesday featuring Iran, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela.

Eritrea remains one of the world’s most reclusive nation but the Horn of Africa country has stepped out of the shadows since signing a peace deal with Ethiopia last year. Improved relations with its neighbouring countries has bloomed into improvements with its international connections – namely the US.

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Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.