Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Libya: can you feel the thaw

Here's something from yesterday's briefing by State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher.
To the extent that Libya is taking these steps to ease tensions and to lower the tensions that might exist for Americans; that may contribute to a review of the passport ban. (transcript)
The passport ban -- people carrying US passports cannot travel to Libya. The ban has been in place for 22 years and was last renewed in November. At that time, Colin Powell said that the ban would be reviewed every three months.

And there is of course the matter of that other ban ... the one barring US companies from trading/investing in Libya. But as this Houston Chronicle article relates, a couple of that town's oil companies don't expect this ban to last much longer.