September 14, 2016 / 2:22 PM / 3 years ago

Obama lifts economic sanctions from Ivory Coast, citing progress

The U.S. (R) and Ivory Coast national flags are displayed in a public transport bus in Abidjan August 3, 2014. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday lifted economic sanctions that were placed on Ivory Coast more than 10 years ago during a civil war, citing a successful presidential election last year and progress on fighting illegal trafficking of natural resources.

“Côte d’Ivoire has taken important steps to strengthen its governing and economic institutions and reconcile the differences that led to war,” White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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