President Biden on Friday lifted sanctions against two prosecutors at the International Criminal Court who are investigating US troops for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.
The Trump administration enacted the sanctions in September, also citing an investigation of possible Israeli misconduct.
Secretary of State Tony Blinken said in a statement, “Today, President Biden revoked Executive Order 13928 … ending the threat and imposition of economic sanctions and visa restrictions in connection with the Court.”
“As a result, the sanctions imposed by the previous administration against ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and Phakiso Mochochoko, the Head of the Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the Office of the Prosecutor, have been lifted,” Blinken said.
Former President Trump’s administration had placed sanctions on ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.Luiz Rampelotto/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
Blinken said that “[w]e continue to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations.”
The top US diplomat echoed the Trump administration’s stance, saying, “We maintain our longstanding objection to