Today we are celebrating the 243rd birthday of the United States of America with a message from Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Natalie Baker as she departs the U.S. Embassy to Libya:
“National Days are an important annual tradition because they give us the opportunity to pause and reflect on our bilateral relationships, to think about where we have been, where we want to go, and to reaffirm the values that we share.
The last two years leading U.S. Embassy Libya as the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. have been particularly special to me as I have been deeply involved with Libya for a large part of my diplomatic career.
What I have discovered from talking to Libyans representing communities across the country is that there is an extraordinary amount of potential in Libya – not just in its historic significance, its natural resources, its rich culture, or its economic dynamism. The most important treasure in Libya is its citizens, particularly the youth.
Over the last two years, I have had the opportunity to gain insights from our local partners as they work to advance the UN-led political process and promote national reconciliation and assist in the strengthening of Libya’s institutions through training, capacity building, and technical assistance.
I have also had the privilege to meet dozens of incredibly bright and committed Libyan students who have travelled to the United States on exchange programs and have returned to Libya, ready to make positive contributions in the community.
I commend all of those who are charting a path forward that provides stability, security and prosperity for all Libyans. Thank you for your dedication, partnership and commitment to fostering a brighter future in Libya.”