EU extends sanctions on Agilah Saleh, Nuri Abu Sahmain and Khalifa Al-Ghweil
European lawmakers on Friday extended sanctions against three Libyan politicians, citing concerns they are thwarting efforts to form a democratic government and violating a 2015 peace deal that was signed in Skhirat, Morocco under the UN auspices.
The Council of the European Union has extended the sanctions imposed on Libyan Tobruk-based House of Representatives’ Speaker, Agila Saleh and the Head of the General National Congress, Nuri Abu Sahmain, as well as the Prime Minister of the Salvation Government, Khalifa Al-Ghweil.
The sanctions were extended on Friday for six more months after they had been first announced in April 2016.
According to the lawmakers, the three are obstructing the implementation of the 2015 Libyan Political Agreement and the formation of the Government of National Accord (GNA).
Noting the situation in Libya remains volatile and that the nation’s political transition following the 2011 civil war is not coming along as hoped, the lawmakers extended the sanctions against the three individuals for another six months.
Earlier this week, the European General Court lifted the council’s sanctions against slain Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi’s daughter, finding no good reason for her to remain on the EU’s blacklist.
EU sanctions typically include an asset freeze and a ban on travel to and within the European Union.
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