US helped India remove ship from UN’s Libya sanction list


NEW DELHI: The UN Security Council’s decision to remove from a sanctions list an Indian ship accused of loading illicit crude from eastern Libya is being talked about as the latest byword for global India-US strategic cooperation.

India-flagged tanker Distya Ameya, chartered by a UAE-based firm, was removed from the sanctions list of a UNSC committee concerning Libya in exactly 16 days, which is being seen as an unparalleled achievement for Indian authorities. The inside story, as learnt by TOI from top sources, reveals hectic diplomacy featuring US diplomats working in conjunction with their Indian counterparts in Washington, New York and Delhi to ensure that the Indian asset wasn’t frozen.

The US, in fact, helped India prevail upon the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) of Libya to withdraw its complaint against the ship and this resulted in the removal of Distya Ameya from the sanctions list in record time.

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