Ilhan Omar Calls on Biden Administration for Answers Regarding Sanctions Policy in Somalia
Rep. Ilhan Omar has written a letter calling on the Biden Administration for answers regarding the current sanctions policy in Somalia.
The letter calls for a reexamination of the sanctions issued in 2010 and 2012 that remain in place.
Since the sanctions were initially enacted, the situation in Somalia has changed dramatically and the letter asks how the sanctions policy plays in the larger strategy toward Somalia.
“The situation in Somalia has changed dramatically since these orders were issued during the Obama Administration, and the Executive Orders don’t enumerate any specific conditions under which sanctions can be lifted,” wrote Rep Omar.
“I know we share the goal of making our sanctions programs more flexible and responsive to changing realities, as well as the goal of incorporating sanctions into broader strategies in Somalia and elsewhere.”
The United States has approved the use of the International Emergency Response Plan (IEEPA) in response to threats to U.S. national security and foreign policy.
Sanctions include the imposition of sanctions on individuals or organizations engaged in acts that directly or indirectly endanger the peace, security, or stability of Somalia.