Libya's interim government prevents US citizens from entering the country
22:00 - 27/09/2017
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The Libyan interim government on Wednesday issued a statement announcing reciprocity if US authorities make arrangements to prevent Libyans from entering America.
In its statement, the Libyan interim government said it was following with great concern the announcement by the president of the United States of what he described as his country's enhanced national security measures of suspending the entry of Libyan citizens into the United States.
The Libyan interim government considered that this dangerous escalation targeting specific Libyan citizens and placing them in a basket with the terrorists fighting the Libyan armed forces puts the Libyan interim government in the face of one irreplaceable option of applying the principle of reciprocity.
The government added in its statement: "Therefore, the Libyan government decided to prevent the entry of holders of US citizenship to the Libyan soil."
The interim government, headed by Abdullah al-Thani, based in the eastern city of Tobruk, is allied with military leader Khalifa Hafer and opposes the internationally recognized Libyan Accordance Government in Tripoli.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a new order restricting the entry of citizens of seven countries, including Libya, for security reasons that claim their governments failed to meet US demands for information exchange.
Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen have been included in this order, which comes into force on 18 October.
US officials said listed countries found they had high-risk environments as well as "insufficient" cooperation with US demands to exchange information about people who might pose criminal or security risks.