WASHINGTON – The Biden administration on Friday rescinded economic sanctions against two senior officials of the International Criminal Court, overturning actions by the Trump administration aimed at individuals investigating allegations against U.S. personnel in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
The administration also ended separate visa restrictions targeting certain members of The Hague-based international tribunal.
The State Department said that the U.S., which isn’t a party to the International Criminal Court, continues to object to its efforts to investigate the U.S. for its actions in Afghanistan, and Israel for its treatment of Palestinians.
“We believe, however, that our concerns about these cases would be better addressed through engagement with all stakeholders,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement, calling for reforms.
ICC spokesman Fadi El Abdallah said the tribunal welcomed the decision.