Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Sanctions on Libya

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Sanctions on Libya

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U.S. Sanctions on Libya

ON JAN. 7, 1986, the United States imposed economic sanctions against Libya that broadly prohibit U.S. citizens from engaging in unauthorized financial transactions with Libya. A partial list of prohibited activities includes: the export to Libya of all goods, services, or technology; the import of goods or services of Libyan origin; engaging in the performance of a contract in support of an industrial, commercial, or governmental project in Libya; or dealing in any property in which the Government of Libya has any interest. The economic sanctions also prohibit Americans from working in Libya.

In addition, the U.S. restrictions prohibit citizens from engaging in unauthorized travel-related transactions to and within Libya. Exempt from the prohibition are transactions relating to travel for journalistic activity by persons regularly employed in such capacity by a news-gathering organization. U.S. citizens may engage in travel-related transactions for the sole purpose of visiting immediate family members in Libya, provided that those seeking to travel register with the Office of Foreign Assets Control or the U. …

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