The US has lifted economic sanctions against Liberia as President Barack Obama praised the country's commitment to democracy since the end of the 2003 civil war, the White House has said.
The president scrapped sanctions implemented 11 years ago against former strongman Charles Taylor.
Taylor is now in a maximum-security prison for a series of war crimes.
President Obama said that Taylor's imprisonment meant that sanctions were no longer necessary.
He said that he and his allies now had a "diminished ability" to "undermine Liberia's progress". READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON BBC NEWS WEBSITE