Today’s revelation of Executive Order from the U.S. President Joe Biden is a clear message. The U.S. Treasury Department have until now only sanctioned and targeted one Eritrean General. Now, they are furthering the scope, and this will hit the Prosperity Party hard and all of its allies. This means that the U.S. is sanctioning not only one man, but the whole system who is co-operating and ensuring the warfare in Ethiopia.
These sanctions target directly anyone who has been involved or participated in the conflict since 1st November 2020. All military leaders, civil leadership and any entity who has participated in it. That is how broad this is and it means all the parts of the Tripartite Alliance is now hit by this.
What this order does is clearly making it illegal to interact, trade or even co-operate with the leadership, government and armies, which is participating in the conflict. That is a harsh and brutal sanction. It has taken months to happen but shows what sort of measures the Biden Administration takes.
For Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali and Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki this must be a hard blow. Especially for Abiy who was for a short time a darling of the West and now the biggest power of that has sanctioned him. President Afewerki isn’t new to this, but his results have come home to roost. There is no denying in that.
These sanctions will cost and any foreign power conspiring with these forces will now be in trouble with U.S. Treasury and in general. Because, this will stifle their operations and possibly close some avenues. As the companies, the exporters and the ones selling military equipment to the conflict. Don’t want to have trouble with Washington D.C. or the Biden Administration in general.
If there is ever a diplomatic blow or a twist that hurts someone. This is the biggest defeat for any state at this moment. When the United States sanctions you. That means businesses will be frozen, accounts will be closed, and everyone involved will be touched by this. Not that the leadership of Addis Ababa or Asmara is visiting the United States anytime soon. Still, this will affect their movement and their possibilities. This is practically making both parties a pariah state and other nations might follow suit. The European Union or others might do the same thing.
That’s why this is the biggest hurdle and shows that paying expensive lobbyist in America hasn’t paid off for Abiy. He has wasted public funds and used PR with no luck. The tides have turned and in the end. The conflict and the reporting on it has lost ground. His maybe able to trick his followers and the ones in association with him. However, the US is not being an ally in this. That says it all and there will be outrage from both Ethiopia and Eritrea. They have already targeted US envoys and others(!). These voices will grow even stronger.
This is the most powerful statement the US President could have, because the UN Security Council would be blocked by the Russians or the Chinese in this matter. Therefore, the US President did what he could do and now the ball is in the court of Abiy and Afewerki. Expect their ministries to write scathing remarks and certainly not hold back. Peace.