Background

The Department of State has issued a final rule that, effective Nov. 1, amends the International Traffic in Arms Regulations to add and update entries from Ethiopia and Eritrea.

In light of deepening concerns about the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia as well as other threats to the sovereignty, national unity, and territorial integrity of that country, State announced restrictions with respect to Ethiopia and Eritrea in May 2021, including certain restrictions related to security assistance. State is now updating ITAR § 126.1 to codify that it is U.S. policy to deny licenses and other approvals for exports of defense articles and services to or for the armed forces, police, intelligence, or other internal security forces of either Ethiopia or Eritrea.

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