EU sanctions on Libyan politicians lifted

Khalifa Ghwell has been under an EU sanction, including a travel ban and asset freeze, since 2016.

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On Friday, the European Council announced that the sanctions imposed on Libyan politicians, including Khalifa Ghwell, the former prime minister of the internationally unrecognized General National Congress government in Libya, have been lifted.

According to a statement issued by the European Council, Khalifa Ghwell was among the individuals and institutions exposed to EU sanctions because of their involvement in actions that threaten the peace, security, and stability of Libya as well as hamper or undermine the successful completion of Libyan political transition.

Among the measures that were imposed on Khalifa Ghwell were a travel ban and asset freeze, the statement added. It was also stated that the sanctions implemented on Ghwell would expire on April 2.

The Council also reiterated its call on the international community as well as all relevant figures in Libya to obey United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions related to Libya. The sanctions have still been at the table for the prospective violations, the Council recalled as well.

Libya’s new unity government led by Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, entered the office by swearing in front of the Libyan Parliament on March 15. The Libyan people cherish hope for that the new government will be able to bring an end to the long-lasting civil war that has wrecked the country since the overthrow and murdered of Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011.

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