Moscow lifts economic sanctions against Tripoli

21 November 2003

Moscow has announced the lifting of economic sanctions against Tripoli following a similar UN decision in September. The announcement came just days before the US was expected to extend the 22-year-old ban on its citizens travelling to the country. The ban is reviewed every 90 days.

UN sanctions were suspended in 1999 when Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi handed over the two suspects in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing case to a Scottish court. The restrictions were lifted when Tripoli agreed a compensation deal with the families of the 270 victims and accepted responsibility for the attack.

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