Entries in Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa (2)


US Official Meets With Gadhafi's Rogue Foreign Minister

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(DOHA, Qatar) -- Wednesday in Doha, Qatar, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns met with former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, the highest-level defector from the Gadhafi regime.

Theirs was the first meeting between a U.S. official and Koussa since his defection, though he had been in regular contact with U.S. officials before fleeing to London late last month.

A senior U.S. official told reporters traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Berlin that the meeting took place on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Libya Contact Group.

The Libyan opposition reportedly did not meet with Koussa in Doha, though another senior official told reporters that Koussa met with representatives from several other countries but made no public remarks at the conference.

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Treasury Dept. Unfreezes Moussa Koussa's Assets

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Treasury Department removed sanctions Monday placed on former Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, just weeks after they were imposed on him and other members of the regime. This comes just days after Koussa defected to London.

“As we’ve said from the beginning, these sanctions are preventative and are not intended to be permanent,” David Cohen, Acting Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, wrote in a blog post on the Treasury’s website.

“Koussa’s defection and the subsequent lifting of sanctions against him should encourage others within the Libyan government to make similar decisions to abandon the Qadhafi regime,” he added.

There are still 13 senior Libyan government officials under Treasury sanctions and Cohen said more names would be added “in the coming days.”

“Those who continue to serve in the Libyan government should be put on notice that Treasury will continue to aggressively identify and target senior officials for sanctions,” he wrote.

On Tuesday morning, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters, “We are in the process of identifying other senior members of Gadhafi’s circle and targeting them with sanctions.”

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