US lifts sanctions on ex-Libyan foreign minister

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Posted: Apr 04, 2011 4:48 PM
US lifts sanctions on ex-Libyan foreign minister

The Obama administration is lifting financial and travel sanctions it imposed last month against Libya's foreign minister, who has since defected and broken ties with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

The Treasury Department said Monday that it had dropped the former minister, Moussa Koussa, from a blacklist of Libyan officials who had been banned from traveling to the United States and whose assets in U.S. jurisdictions had been frozen. The department said it took the step to reward Koussa for his decision last week to defect and encourage other members of Gadhafi's inner circle to follow suit.

There are now 13 senior Libyan officials on the blacklist, including Gadhafi, his wife and sons. The Treasury Department said it plans to announce sanctions against other officials in the coming days.