USA*Engage Commends Bush Administration for Lifting Libya Travel Ban

Wednesday, 25 February 2004

"USA*Engage commends the Administration on its decision to remove the ban on travel to Libya and to take other actions that will allow us to begin the crucial process of re-engaging with Libya and bringing them back into the community of nations. Libya has undertaken significant commitments in the past year to dismantle its weapons of mass destruction and to make reparations for past terrorist actions. It is appropriate that the United States join the rest of the world in recognizing this change.

"Freedom to travel to Libya is the first step in restoring our relationship with a country that has great economic promise for America, as well as great diplomatic promise in a troubled region. Next, we must focus on lifting the U.S. unilateral sanctions on Libya, which is clearly interested in reconnecting with the global economy. Since the United Nations lifted its sanctions last year, it is important for the U.S. to follow suit so that it will remain competitive with foreign companies for investment opportunities in Libya. Fostering good relations and further reform in Libya depends on our ability to do so.

"The U.S. cannot allow this opportunity to enhance our security and to promote economic growth in Libya - one that seemed impossible only a few years ago - to slip by. Removal of the remaining unilateral sanctions will permit Americans to fully re-engage with Libya which will help it become a constructive force in the region and provide more jobs and growth for its people."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of over 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at