Aguila Saleh no longer faces travel bans and asset freezes, as EU seeks to play key role in any Libya settlement.

Aguila Saleh, leader of a rival parliament in eastern Libya, is seen as having gained clout as a negotiating force [File: Costas Baltas/Reuters]

The European Union has removed an east Libyan powerbroker from its sanctions blacklist to encourage peace efforts and ensure the EU plays a central role in any negotiated settlement in Libya.

Aguila Saleh, leader of a rival parliament in eastern Libya, no longer faces EU travel bans and asset freezes imposed four years ago, the EU said on Friday, confirming a Reuters report on September 9 that the so-called delisting was planned.

“The de-listing of speaker Saleh was

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