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UN council waters down Eritrea sanctions resolution

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UN Council toughens sanctions against Eritrea

A resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea, expected to be passed by the UN Security Council next week, has been watered down and no longer bans investment in the country's promising mining sector.
In an unusual arrangement, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki has been invited to address the council on Monday morning but not to take part in an afternoon session scheduled to pass the resolution, diplomats said on Friday.
A spokesman for the U.S. mission, Mark Kornblau, said a U.S. visa for Isaias to come to New York was approved on Friday. Diplomats said it was unclear whether he would arrive, after Asmara complained the invitation had given him too little time, Reuters reports.

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