Obama thanks Canada for sanctions against Libya

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2011 7:19 PM
Obama thanks Canada for sanctions against Libya

President Barack Obama has thanked Canada for imposing sanctions against the Libyan government.

The White House says Obama spoke by telephone Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The leaders agreed on the need to deter additional violence by Moammar Gadhafi's (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) regime, protect people who might be the targets of violence and establish accountability for human rights violations. They also agreed on providing humanitarian assistance to the Libyan people.

The White House says Obama and Harper also pledged to work together on broadening a burgeoning humanitarian effort in Libya.

Harper on Sunday announced a set of binding sanctions against Libya, including a freeze on assets belonging to Gadhafi, his family, his government and financial institutions. The U.S., the U.N. and the European Union have also imposed similar penalties.