U.S. eases trade sanctions on Libya

April 23, 2004 at 2:41 PM
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NAPLES, Fla., April 23 (UPI) -- The United States is easing trade sanctions on longtime terror list member Libya in exchange for its work dismantling its weapons program.

"Through its actions, Libya has set a standard that we hope other nations will emulate in rejecting weapons of mass destruction and in working constructively with international organizations to halt the proliferation of the world's most dangerous systems," the Bush administration said in a statement.

Under the plan U.S. companies can resume most commercial activities and the United States will drop its opposition to Libya's effort to join the World Trade Organization. Pending approval from Congress, Washington will establish direct relations with Libya through a liaison office in Tripoli. Libyan students will be allowed to study in the United States and a U.S. delegation is traveling to Libya Friday to begin talks on cooperation in the education sector, the White House said.

However, the African country remains on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, the Bush administration said, and restrictions remain on exporting dual-use items to Libya.

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