The Interim Government of eastern Libya has banned U.S. citizens from “entering Libya”, saying the measure was taken in accordance with the principle of reciprocity.

The government said in a statement on Wednesday that it was deeply concerned by the travel ban of the administration of President Donald Trump.

“This dangerous escalation, which puts Libyan citizens in one basket with the terrorists the army fights, will force the Interim Government to adopt only one option - the principle of reciprocity”. The statement reads.

President Donald Trump updated Sunday his March travel ban on citizens of six Muslim countries, including Libya, adding citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad.

The Interim Government only controls the eastern part of the country under the command of renegade General Khalifa Haftar, a U.S. citizenship holder.