Effective November 1, 2021, the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) amended the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to add and update entries for Ethiopia and Eritrea, respectively. As a result, it is now the policy of the United States to deny licenses and other approvals for exports of defense articles

On September 17, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO), “Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons with Respect to the Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia,” targeting persons responsible for the conflict in Ethiopia, obstructing humanitarian access and preventing a ceasefire. The White House issued a statement in connection with the new sanctions indicating