Libya pushing for removal from Trump travel ban list


Libya’s internationally recognised government has appealed to the United States to drop or ease a travel ban imposed on its citizens by President Donald Trump, the Foreign Ministry said.

“The Libyan Foreign Ministry, through its embassy in Washington, has begun to take measures to lift Libya from the list of countries and to ease the restrictions on Libyan citizens,” the ministry said in a statement.

Libya is one of six Muslim-majority countries subject to the travel ban. This week the US Supreme Court allowed the ban to take full effect while litigation over its ultimate validity continues.

The ban was discussed at a meeting between Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siyala and US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke earlier this week, the statement said.