What does the lifting of Eritrea’s sanctions mean for east Africa?

Border conflicts have marred east African states for decades, but some political goodwill has finally emerged in the region, seeking to build an enduring peace.

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Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (left to right) photographed after cutting the ribbon at a hospital inauguration in northern Ethiopia, on November 10, 2018. On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Counsel voted to lift sanctions on Eritrea as relations warm between the once-rival nations. (Credit: Eduardo Soteras / AFP)
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Eritrea’s temporary government general secretary, Isaias Afwerki, during the celebration of the country’s first independence anniversary which took place on May 24, 1991. When the capital city, Asmara, was conquered, a temporary government was set up in July and Afwerki who then led Eritrea’s Popular Liberation Front was named President of the Republic. (Credit: Patrick Durand / Getty Images)
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Supporters of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rally for US support outside the State Department on June 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
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Eritrean soldiers wait in a line on September 11, 2018 to cross the border to attend the border reopening ceremony with Ethiopians as two land border crossings between Ethiopia and Eritrea were reopened for the first time in 20 years in Serha, Eritrea. (Credit: AFP)
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A crowd of onlookers watch as a suspected bomber is escorted by Ethiopian police force personnel in Addis Ababa on June 23, 2018. (Credit: Getty Images)
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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ©, Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki (2ndL) and Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed (R) cut the ribbon during the inauguration of the Tibebe Ghion Specialized Hospital in Bahir Dar, northern Ethiopia, on November 10, 2018. (Credit: Eduardo Soteras / AFP)

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