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U.S. Relationship

U.S.-Eritrea Relations

The U.S. established diplomatic relations with Eritrea in 1993, following its independence and separation from Ethiopia. The U.S. supported Eritrea’s independence, but ongoing government detention of political dissidents and others, the closure of the independent press, limits on civil liberties, allegations of human rights abuses, and the expulsion of some U.S. government agencies have contributed to strained U.S.-Eritrean relations. U.S.
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Bilateral Economic Relations

The Eritrean Government and ruling party control the economy. The U.S. and Eritrea have very little bilateral trade. Eritrea is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, which has a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the United States.

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