US ‘exploring limited sanctions relief’ for Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler

Dan Gertler (Screen capture: YouTube)
Dan Gertler (Screen capture: YouTube)

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department is exploring a limited easing of US sanctions on Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler to facilitate his exit from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a US official says.

The US Treasury imposed sanctions on Gertler and more than 30 of his businesses in December 2017 and June 2018, accusing him of leveraging his friendship with former Congo president Joseph Kabila, to secure lucrative mining deals.

“We are working to support the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo … as it endeavors to remove corrupt actors from its mining sector,” the official says.

“As part of these efforts, we have indicated that we are open to exploring limited sanctions relief as a conduit to the complete removal of Daniel Gertler and his business operations from the DRC.”

Gertler has denied any wrongdoing.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Thursday that the Biden administration and Congo’s government had proposed reducing sanctions on Gertler in exchange for his permanent exit from the country and said the Congolese government presented the plan to Gertler earlier this week and is awaiting his response.

The official says Washington’s goal is to facilitate the removal of significant assets from Gertler’s control and that any potential sanctions relief would need to be subject to strict guardrails, including provisions that would facilitate the snapback of the measures.

The official makes clear that Gertler remains under sanctions “for his corrupt actions” and that his assets remain blocked.

The US official says the US is seeking to support Congo’s efforts to improve transparency and economic opportunity in its mining sector and diversify critical supply chains to increase global security and prosperity.

Most Popular