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Trump extends sanctions on Libya due to threat of instability

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

WASHINGTON – United States President, Donald Trump, in a letter to Congress on Tuesday, said he has extended the sanctions on Libya to prevent diversion of the country’s resources.

“I have sent to the Federal Register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13566 of February 25, 2011, with respect to Libya is to continue in effect beyond February 25, 2019.” stated Trump in a letter addressed to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the President of the Senate, Mike Pence.

“A significant threat of civil conflict in Libya will remain until Libyans resolve their political divisions.  As many of these divisions relate to access to Libya’s resources, a serious risk remains that, if not protected, Libyan state assets will be misappropriated by parties determined to undermine the ongoing United Nations peace process,” he stated.

“The diversion of these resources could prolong and deepen the current instability in Libya, which would only benefit ISIS and other terrorist groups that pose a serious risk to the national security of the United States and the security of regional partners.”

“We run the risk of further destabilization if sanctions do not remain in effect.  In particular, those who reject dialogue and who obstruct and undermine Libya’s democratic transition remain interested in exploiting the wealth of the Libyan people to advance their narrow self-interest and to perpetuate conflict in the country.”

“The situation in Libya continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States, and we need to protect against the diversion of assets or other abuse by persons hindering Libyan national reconciliation, including Qadhafi’s family and associates.  Therefore, I have determined it is necessary to continue the national emergency with respect to Libya.” He concluded.

In 2011, the US imposed sanctions against relatives and the close environment of late dictator Muammar Gaddafi and all those who, according to Washington, violated human rights in Libya. Under US jurisdiction, the assets of these people and companies are seized and financial transactions with them are prohibited.

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