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US lifts sanctions on post-Gaddafi Libya

File photo of a boy with a Syrian flag as a gesture of welcome during a military parade of anti-Gaddafi fighters coming back from Sirte, in Misrata on October 28, 2011. — Reuters picFile photo of a boy with a Syrian flag as a gesture of welcome during a military parade of anti-Gaddafi fighters coming back from Sirte, in Misrata on October 28, 2011. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, Dec 17 — The United States yesterday lifted most of the economic sanctions it had in place against Libya before the fall of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

“After careful consultation with the new Libyan government, the United States rolled back most US sanctions on the government of Libya to keep our commitment to the Libyan people,” the White House said in a statement.

Gaddafi’s 42-year rule collapsed when his forces fled Tripoli in August and the last of the fighting in Libya ended in October when he was captured and killed by rebels.

The US action followed by the lifting of sanctions by the UN Security Council on Libya’s central banks and a subsidiary.

“Today’s action unfreezes all government and central bank funds within US jurisdiction, with limited exceptions,” the White House said, adding that assets in the United States of Gaddafi family and his former aides remain frozen. — Reuters

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