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US slaps sanctions on Libya; closes embassy at Tripoli

Washington: Going ahead with unilateral sanctions against the Muammar Gaddafi regime, the US today suspended its military ties with Libya and temporarily closed down its embassy in Tripoli.

Toughening its stand against the authoritarian Libyan government, White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, said more measures against Libya are in the pipeline and would be announced in due course of time.

The US is also in talks with its international partners with regard to collective action against the Libyan regime including those at the United Nations.

“There has never been a time when this much has been done quickly,” Carney said, adding that the US which has very limited military relationship with Libya and also very limited military sales with them, both of which have been suspended.

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