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US rewards Libya with deeper ties, end to travel ban

The United States took giant steps closer to normalizing relations with Libya by ending a two-decade travel ban, easing some economic sanctions and pushing for deeper diplomatic ties. The move rewarded Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi for his surprise pledge in December 2003, after nine months of secret talks with the United States and Britain, to quit his quest for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). “American efforts with Libya since December 19 have made our country safer and the world more peaceful,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement detailing the overtures. In one highly symbolic step, Washington rescinded a travel ban enforced since relations with Tripoli broke off in 1981, allowing US citizens to use their passports to travel to or through Libya and spend money there. Full Story

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