Ambassador Norland Visit to Ankara

On Wednesday in Ankara, Ambassador Norland consulted with senior Turkish officials about the urgent need to support Libyan voices genuinely seeking an end to the conflict and return to UN-facilitated political dialogue, with full respect for Libya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The visit, which followed phone calls between President Trump and President Erdogan, discussed steps ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland Visit to Cairo

Ambassador Norland traveled to Cairo today, following recent discussions about Libya between President Trump and President al-Sisi as well as Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Shoukry, to consult with senior Egyptian officials about steps to achieve a lasting ceasefire, realize a full withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries, and support UN-facilitated political dialogue.  With our Egyptian ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Updated Libya Travel Advisory

Message for U.S. Citizens:  Updated Libya Travel Advisory August 10, 2020 U.S. citizens living in and visiting Libya are advised that the Department of State has updated its Travel Advisory for Libya to Level Four Do Not Travel to Libya due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. The new travel advisory ... Read More»

The Ambassador discusses Libyan sovereignty with Libyan leaders

On August 7, Ambassador Norland spoke by telephone with Prime Minister al-Sarraj to receive an update on efforts to finalize a Libyan solution that would consolidate a lasting ceasefire, promote transparency in economic institutions, and advance the political process under UN auspices.  The Ambassador commended the Prime Minister’s leadership as responsible Libyan parties come together ... Read More»

U.S.-Libyan virtual meetings show agreement on need for de-escalation, resumption of oil, and political track 

A U.S. delegation, led by National Security Council Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa Major General Miguel Correa and Ambassador Richard Norland, held virtual discussions with Libyan officials on August 7 to advance concrete, urgent steps to find a demilitarized solution for Sirte and al-Jufra, and reopen Libya’s oil sector with full transparency.  In separate ... Read More»

Announcing OneBeat Sahara: A Residency and Exchange Program Based in Algeria

OneBeat Sahara will bring together 25 musicians from seven countries in the Saharan Region and the U.S. to collaboratively create original work and to develop a global network of civically engaged music initiatives. During this 3-week program, OneBeat Sahara Fellows will explore black diasporic musical traditions that traveled from Africa to the Americas, and back ... Read More»

The United States Sanctions Network Threatening the Security of Libya

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on a network of smugglers contributing to the instability in Libya. These individuals include Libyan national Faysal al-Wadi (Wadi), operator of the vessel Maraya, and his two associates, Musbah Mohamad M Wadi (Musbah) and Nourddin Milood M Musbah (Nourddin), and the Malta-based company, Alwefq Ltd. The U.S. Department ... Read More»

The White House calls for demilitarized solution for Sirte and immediate reopening of oil sector

On behalf of the U.S. Administration, National Security Adviser Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien specifically called “on all responsible parties […] to enable the National Oil Corporation to resume its vital work – with full transparency, implement a demilitarized solution for Sirte and al-Jufra, [and] respect the UN arms embargo.” ———————————————————– Statement from National Security Adviser ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Harris visits Benghazi

Chargé d’Affaires Joshua Harris today visited Benghazi, Libya to consult with a range of Libyan officials about achieving a demilitarized solution at Sirte and al-Jufra, enabling the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to resume its vital work nationwide, and seizing the opportunity presented by UN-facilitated dialogue to finalize a lasting ceasefire and roadmap for the withdrawal ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Harris visits Misrata

Today, Chargé d’Affaires Joshua Harris visited Misrata, Libya to consult with Libyan leaders about forestalling military escalation in Sirte and al-Jufra; reopening Libya’s energy sector; and intensifying Libyan efforts to demobilize, disarm, and reintegrate violent militias. In meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeg and Minister of Interior Fathi Bashagha, Chargé Harris reiterated U.S. support ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens:  De-escalation of Conflict in Libya and COVID-19 Travel Update

Fighting in Tripoli and around Mitiga International Airport (MIA) has significantly diminished.  While specific concerns with respect to commercial air travel to and from MIA are lower, the overall security environment in Libya remains fluid, and violence across the country can occur with little warning. U.S. citizens are reminded to review the U.S. Department of ... Read More»

The Economic Working Group on Libya Reiterates Full Support of the NOC in Lifting Force Majeure Nationwide

As part of the ongoing Berlin process, experts of the Economic Working Group of the International Follow-up Committee on Libya met virtually on July 6, in the presence of Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Williams and National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla, to reiterate full support for the NOC as it lifts ... Read More»

The Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property

The American Cemetery TRIPOLI, LIBYA The Protestant Cemetery in Tripoli, also known as the American Cemetery, holds the remains of heroes from the Barbary Wars (1801–1805), the United States’ first overseas war. In September 1804, Lieutenant Richard Somers loaded his ship, the U.S.S. Intrepid, with explosives and set out to destroy the Bey of Tripoli’s ... Read More»

US Ambassador and AFRICOM Commander Stress Need for Military Pause and Return to Negotiations on Visit to Libya

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland and Commander of U.S. Africa Command, General Stephen Townsend met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj on June 22, 2020 in Zuwara, located in western Libya. In the context of escalating foreign intervention in Libya, the meeting focused on current opportunities for a strategic pause in military operations by ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Libya Marks World Refugee Day

In commemoration of #WorldRefugeeDay , U.S. Embassy staff are taking steps in solidarity with refugees, many of whom are forced to undertake extraordinary and dangerous journeys to escape persecution and violence.  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency ‘s global  #StepWithRefugees  campaign encourages people around the world to register their steps at  stepwithrefugees.org  to honor the resilience of refugees and raise awareness about their challenges. ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland’s call with Foreign Minister Siala

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland spoke today with Foreign Minister Mohammed Taher Siala to reiterate horror at alleged human rights abuses that have been perpetrated with impunity by parties to the Libya conflict. Ambassador Norland conveyed his deep concern at the mass graves discovered in Tarhouna, at the use of mines and  booby-traps in civilian neighborhoods in southern Tripoli, and ... Read More»

Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker On the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue and Developments in Libya

SPECIAL BRIEFING DAVID SCHENKER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS VIA TELECONFERENCE JUNE 11, 2020 Opening Statement on Libya And this week we have also been focused on Libya. Despite the end of the LNA’s siege on Tripoli and last weekend’s event in Cairo, which brought eastern Libyan leaders together and opened the way ... Read More»

The U.S. Expresses Concern for the Continued Escalation in Sirte

The U.S. Embassy shares immediate concerns about yet another humanitarian crisis in Libya, this time in Sirte. Having worked with Libyans and others in the international community to help Sirte recover following the ISIS occupation, there is a special interest in ensuring the people of this city do not have to experience another devastating battle ... Read More»

Special Briefing via Telephone with Richard Norland, U.S. Ambassador to Libya

U.S Department of State Special Briefing via Telephone Richard Norland, U.S. Ambassador to Libya June 4, 2020 Moderator:  Good morning and good afternoon to everyone from the Department of State’s Dubai Regional Hub.  I would like to welcome our participants dialing in from the United States and around the world for this on-the-record press briefing with ... Read More»

Frequently Asked Questions: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program 2021-2022

Q: What is the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program? A: The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program provides teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American cultures and customs while strengthening the instruction of Arabic at colleges and universities in ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland welcomes the GNA’s important contributions to defeating terrorism and achieving peace in call with PM Sarraj

Ambassador Norland spoke with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on May 22 to reiterate the urgent need to end the destabilizing flow of Russian and other foreign military equipment and mercenaries into Libya and welcome the Government of National Accord’s important contributions to defeating terrorism and achieving peace.  As Secretary Pompeo and Prime Minister al-Sarraj discussed ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj 

Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 22, 2020 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of  State Michael R. Pompeo  spoke today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj  to reiterate U.S. opposition to the continued level of weapons and munitions being brought into the ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland’s call with with Libyan students in the YES exchange program

While we cannot break our fast together in person this year, Ambassador Norland was inspired to speak with Libyan students in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) exchange program who have been able to share their favorite Libyan Ramadan traditions with their host families and friends in the United States. Hearing about the accomplishments ... Read More»

The United States Commits Over $12 million in Support to Libya’s COVID-19 Response

The United States announced plans to contribute an additional $6.5 million USD to Libya in support of its COVID-19 response, bringing the total U.S. contribution to over $12 million USD. This $12 million USD in funding will be used to expand Libyan medical authorities’ ability to detect, prevent and control the spread of COVID-19 in ... Read More»

Briefing on Russian Engagement in the Middle East

Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Henry Wooster, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Christoper Robinson On Russian Engagement in the Middle East Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release ON-THE-RECORD-BRIEFING May 7, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Libya welcomes the NOC’s successful restructuring of BPMC

The Embassy welcomes the announcement by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of its successful restructuring of the Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC), which underscores that a brighter and more prosperous future is possible when responsible Libyan parties come together in peaceful dialogue. The NOC and its subsidiaries must remain apolitical, technically proficient, and appropriately resourced ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland and Minister Al-Jehaimi Discuss Bilateral Cooperation in the Public Health Sector through USAID Support

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland held a conversation with Libya’s Minister of Planning Taher Al-Jehaimi on April 28 to discuss Libya’s COVID-19 response and the United States’ ongoing commitment to help Libya through the pandemic. There is currently a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Norland’s call with Prime Minister al-Sarraj

U.S. Ambassador Norland and Prime Minister al-Sarraj conferred by telephone today. Ambassador Norland reiterated the U.S. position, affirmed by the UN Security Council, that the Libyan Political Agreement and its associated institutions, including the Government of National Accord (GNA), are the sole internationally recognized framework for Libya’s governance and political transition.   The Ambassador reiterated ... Read More»

UNHCR-Libya Chief of Mission Briefs US Ambassador on Support to Vulnerable Populations

UNHCR-Libya Chief of Mission Briefs US Ambassador on Support to Vulnerable Populations, COVID-19 Response   US Ambassador Richard Norland convened a virtual meeting on April 20 with Mr. Jean-Paul Cavalieri, Chief of Mission of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Libya, who briefed the Ambassador and Embassy staff on UNHCR’s critical activities benefiting ... Read More»

Press release: Announcing U.S. Embassy Libya’s Fulbright Student Program and FLTA for 2021-2022

Announcing U.S. Embassy Libya’s Fulbright Student Program and Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program for 2021-2022 U.S. Embassy Libya is pleased to announce the opening of two Fulbright program competitions for the 2021-2022 academic year: the Fulbright Foreign Student Program and Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program.  These exchange programs are funded by the U.S.  Department ... Read More»

Frequently Asked Questions: Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2021-2022

What is the Fulbright? The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a graduate-level scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST in cooperation with the U.S . Embassy to Libya for the 2021-2022 academic year. This program enables Libyan students to study for up to two years, starting from the fall of ... Read More»

WFP Director Briefs U.S. Ambassador on Aid to Vulnerable Families, COVID-19 Response

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland participated in a virtual briefing on April 8 led by the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Country Director, Samer AbdelJaber, who provided an overview of WFP’s crucial food aid for vulnerable families in Libya. Mr. AbdelJaber also described WFP’s ongoing coordination with the National Center for Disease Control, Ministry of Education, Ministry ... Read More»

U.S. Support to UNICEF to Assist Children and Families in Midst of Conflict, COVID-19 Pandemic

Ambassador Norland participated in a virtual meeting on April 3 led by UNICEF’s Special Representative to Libya, Abdel-Rahman Ghandour, who provided Embassy staff with a briefing on UNICEF’s vital assistance to children in Libya. In addition, Mr. Ghandour described UNICEF’s ongoing coordination with the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health (MoH), the National Center ... Read More»

IOM Director Briefs U.S. Ambassador on Support to Libyan Health and Local Authorities

Ambassador Norland participated in a virtual briefing on April 2 led by the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for Libya, Federico Soda, who provided an update on IOM’s crucial and lifesaving assistance to Libya’s most vulnerable populations, including migrants and internally-displaced persons (IPDs). In addition, IOM briefed on the organization’s ... Read More»

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program 2021-2022

The U.S. Embassy Libya is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program.   *** Extended deadline: June 15, 2020 *** The Fulbright FLTA Program provides young teachers of English as a Foreign Language the opportunity to refine their teaching skills and broaden their knowledge of American ... Read More»

A Message to U.S. Citizens and LPRs Currently in Libya

March 29, 2020 The U.S. Embassy has received inquiries regarding the possibility of repatriation assistance from Libya to the United States. The ongoing civil conflict in Libya; suspension of most commercial aviation service to Tripoli, Misrata, and Benghazi; and lack of regular U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya continue to significantly limit the ability of the ... Read More»

The US Commits $6 million USD in humanitarian assistance to Libya for the COVID-19 response

The US will provide $6 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Libya in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US Embassy to Libya announced today. These funds will help health officials to prevent the spread of the disease and to respond to those in need who’ve contracted the disease or who are most vulnerable to ... Read More»

U.S. Foreign Assistance in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 26, 2020 The U.S. government has rapidly mobilized unprecedented resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, both at home and abroad. Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States has made available nearly $274 million in emergency health and humanitarian funding. Along with the ... Read More»

Department of State’s Global Effort to Bring Americans Home

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 24, 2020 The Department of State is rising to meet the historic challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day, all over the world. We have no higher duty than to protect American citizens, and have launched an unprecedented global effort to bring home our citizens from every ... Read More»

U.S. Support to WHO to Assist Libyan Authorities in Addressing the COVID-19 Threat

Ambassador Norland participated in a virtual briefing on March 24 led by the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Libya, Elizabeth Hoff, who provided U.S. government implementing partners an overview of international efforts to assist Libyan health authorities and local leaders in addressing ongoing public health challenges as well as preparing for the ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel and Repatriation Assistance

Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel and Repatriation Assistance March 22, 2020   The U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, understands that U.S. citizen travelers have been affected by the suspension of international flights and the closure of Tunisian commercial airspace.    If you are interested in being contacted in the event that additional flights or repatriation ... Read More»

THE UNITED STATES CALLS ON LNA TO OBSERVE CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN LIBYA

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON MARCH 21, 2020 The United States joins the UN Support Mission in Libya in welcoming the decision of Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj to endorse an immediate humanitarian cessation of hostilities to allow local authorities to come together in response to the unprecedented public health challenge posed by COVID-19. Libyan ... Read More»

CALL FOR HUMANITARIAN CESSATION OF HOSTILITIES IN LIBYA IN LIGHT OF CORONAVIRUS

The Embassies of Algeria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States along with the Delegation of the European Union and the Governments of Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates call on all parties in the Libya conflict to declare an immediate, humanitarian cessation of hostilities as well ... Read More»

Ambassador Norland Discusses Resuming Libyan-led Talks with PM Sarraj and South African Officials

Ambassador Richard Norland met on March 11 with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Pretoria, South Africa to discuss international efforts in support of a political solution to the conflict in Libya. This was Ambassador Norland’s fourth meeting with PM Sarraj since the Ambassador assumed his duties in August last year. Ambassador Norland thanked the ... Read More»

USAID Administrator Green and Ambassador Norland Discuss USAID’s Work in Support of Communities Throughout Libya

Ambassador Mark Green, Administrator to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), arrived in Tunis, Tunisia on February 16 for a series of discussions about USAID assistance programming in Libya. His visit was part of a joint trip focused on USAID programming in Libya and Tunisia. Administrator Green met with the U.S. Ambassador to ... Read More»

Senior State Department Official on U.S. Engagement with Libya

February 28, 2020 Press Correspondents’ Room Washington, D.C.   MODERATOR:  Today’s briefing will be on background, attribution to a senior department official or State Department official.  And [Senior State Department Official] is going to start with remarks and then will take a few of your questions.  We think we have about 20 minutes or so.  Go ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Norland paid his first visit to Libya

U.S. Ambassador Norland paid his first visit to Libya and met with General Haftar to reaffirm the importance of a negotiated settlement. The Ambassador noted General Haftar’s stated commitment to a permanent ceasefire and reiterated the commitment of the Berlin participants to de-escalation, the arms embargo, and a political solution to the conflict. The Ambassador ... Read More»

Explanation of Vote on the UN Security Council Resolution on Libya Ceasefire

Ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet Acting Deputy Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York February 12, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President. First off, I’d like to thank the United Kingdom as penholder for proposing this draft resolution that was just adopted. However, I do want to note that we ... Read More»

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee: U.S.-Libya Policy

Statement by David Schenker Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee February 12, 2020 Chairman Risch, Ranking Member Menendez, Members of the committee: Thank you for this opportunity to discuss U.S. Libya policy. The best way to address this crisis is to stop the fighting that started in ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Norland Cautions Against Renewed Military Actions

U.S. Ambassador Norland Cautions Against Renewed Military Actions February 8, 2020 The U.S. Embassy notes with concern credible reports that significant military actions are being contemplated by forces affiliated with both the LNA and the GNA in the near future. Whether offensive or preemptive in nature, such actions would violate the understandings reached in Berlin. ... Read More»

Apply Now: Fulbright Foreign Student Program for 2021-2022

The U.S. Embassy to Libya is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for fully-funded master’s degree studies in the United States under the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Program.  This program enables Libyan students to study for up to two years, starting from the fall of 2021, towards a Master’s degree at select ... Read More»

Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York January 30, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you Mr. President. Thank you Special Representative Salame for your update on the increasingly alarming situation in Libya. Less than two weeks ago, international leaders gathered in Berlin, where they called for a sustained ... Read More»

Mustafa Al-Imam Sentenced for Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi, Libya

Mustafa Al-Imam Sentenced for Terrorist Attacks in Benghazi, Libya PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 23, 2020 Mustafa Al-Imam was sentenced on January 23 to more than 19 years in prison for his participation in the September 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.  Al-Imam’s sentencing today sends a strong message to those who would ... Read More»

NOFO: Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2020

The Embassy of the United States in Libya announces an open competition for past participants (“alumni”) of U.S. government-funded and U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to submit applications to the 2020 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2020).   We seek proposals from teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements below. Exchange alumni ... Read More»

The Berlin Conference on Libya: CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS

The Berlin Conference on Libya CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS Press release 31 Sunday, 19 January 2020 The Press and Information Office of the Federal Government 1.          Today’s Berlin Conference on Libya, at the invitation of German Chancellor Merkel, has gathered the Governments of Algeria, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Turkey, the Republic of the Congo, United ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s participation in the Berlin Conference – January 18-19, 2020

Germany JANUARY 19, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi JANUARY 19, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with European Union High Representative Josep Borrell JANUARY 19, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas JANUARY 19, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates JANUARY 19, 2020 Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu Trip Preview JANUARY 16, 2020 Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Trip to Germany, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Florida Read More»

U.S. Delegation Meets with Libyan Parties in Rome

U.S. Embassy Libya For Immediate Release January 11, 2020 U.S. Delegation Meets with Libyan Parties in Rome   Senior U.S. officials met separately with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha and General Khalifa Haftar in Rome on January 9 to reiterate to all Libyan parties the critical importance of forging a durable political solution to the crisis ... Read More»

Freedom First in 2020

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release​​​​​​ ​ Statement by Secretary MICHAEL R. POMPEO January 11, 2020 Freedom First in 2020   President Trump has proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  Global estimates indicate that as many as 24.9 million people – adults and children – are ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement Regarding Military Escalation in Tripoli

The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the military escalation in Tripoli in recent days, including the January 4 attack by LNA-affiliated forces against the Hadaba military college that reportedly killed at least 30 students training to be a professional security force for the Libyan capital. We also condemn attacks in recent days against Tripoli’s Matiga Airport ... Read More»

U.S.-Libya Security Dialogue Working Group to Dismantle Militias

On January 3, 2020, the U.S. Embassy convened a meeting of U.S. government experts and representatives of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to determine concrete steps to eliminate militias, one of the fundamental issues underlying the conflict in Libya. The United States appreciates the GNA’s readiness to address this issue and will remain closely ... Read More»

Situation in Libya

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 21, 2019 The United States is concerned by the Government of National Accord’s request for military support, and by the LNA’s threat to use foreign-supplied air assets and mercenaries to attack Misrata. External military intervention threatens prospects for resolving the conflict. We deplore attacks on innocent civilians and ... Read More»

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Libyan Alumni Seminar 2020

Notice of Funding Opportunity: Libyan Alumni Seminar 2020 U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE U.S. Embassy Libya   Funding Opportunity Title:             Libyan Alumni Seminar 2020 Funding Opportunity Number:      PAS-LIBYA-FY20-01 Deadline for Applications:            Friday January 17, 2020 CFDA Number:                              ... Read More»

The 10th U.S.-Libya Economic Dialogue

The 10th U.S.-Libya Economic Dialogue Today marks the conclusion of the 10th U.S.-Libya Economic Dialogue; a process that remains a pillar of our diplomatic engagement with Libya.  Our meeting today demonstrates the United States’ commitment to engaging with all Libyan parties to help advance economic reforms aimed at addressing challenges as well as the underlying ... Read More»

USAID Provides Essential Supplies to Schools in Benghazi, Libya

When students at three schools in downtown Benghazi returned to class last week, they found their classrooms now contained essential equipment like desks, whiteboards, IT equipment, and other vital supplies.  The equipment was provided by USAID to enable the resumption of normal operations at these schools, two of which were previously rehabilitated by UNDP’s Stabilization Facility for Libya ... Read More»

TechWomen Program 2020

The TechWomen Program is now open for applications! TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional American counterparts for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker – SPECIAL BRIEFING

Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker SPECIAL BRIEFING DAVID SCHENKER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS PRESS CORRESPONDENTS’ ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. NOVEMBER 26, 2019 MS ORTAGUS: I’ve asked Dave to go on the record today. I thought it would be good for him to read out his last trip and go over ... Read More»

Security Alert: Heightened Risk to Civil Aviation in Libyan Airspace

Location:  Libya Event:  Continued fighting around Tripoli and the increased involvement of foreign forces and mercenaries has heightened the risk to civil aviation in Libyan airspace.  On October 23, 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. civil flight operations at all altitudes in the territory and airspace of Libya, noting an unacceptable risk to civil aviation ... Read More»

U.S. Delegation Meets with General Khalifa Haftar

U.S. Delegation Meets with General Khalifa Haftar   Department of State Office of the Spokesperson November 25, 2019   Senior U.S. officials met with General Khalifa Haftar on November 24 to discuss steps to achieve a suspension of hostilities and a political resolution to the Libyan conflict. The delegation included Deputy National Security Advisor for ... Read More»

Joint Statement on U.S.-Libya Security Dialogue

Joint Statement on U.S.-Libya Security Dialogue MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON NOVEMBER 14, 2019 Yesterday, the U.S. Government and the Libyan Government of National Accord, represented by Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala and Minister of Interior Fathi Bashaga, launched a U.S-Libya Security Dialogue in Washington, D.C. The Government of National Accord’s delegation expressed grave concerns ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy to Libya accepting applications for the 2020 YES and MEPI Student Leaders Scholarships

U.S. Embassy Libya Tunis – October 29, 2019 Press Release The U.S. Embassy to Libya accepting applications for the 2020 YES and MEPI Student Leaders Scholarships   The U.S. Embassy to Libya is now accepting applications for two scholarship programs that will give Libyan youth the opportunity for first-hand experience in the United States. The ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020

Submissions: The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 18, 2019. Proposals must be submitted in English, using the application form provided by the U.S. Embassy to Libya. PLEASE CLICK HERE Please click here to download useful resources, guidance and documentation (AFCP Budget Sheet, AFCP Glossary of Terms, General Guidelines for Images, Useful Resources). The full application package (proposal, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy visit to Benina, Libya

Today, Deputy Chief of Mission Joshua Harris traveled to Benina, Libya for consultations with a range of Libyan figures on efforts to end the fighting around Tripoli and seek justice for U.S. victims of the September 11, 2012 attack against U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi. This was the first such visit to Benina since the ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Norland’s First 60 Days – An Update on U.S. Involvement in International Efforts Aimed at Peace in Libya

Ambassador Richard Norland’s First 60 Days – An Update on U.S. Involvement in International Efforts Aimed at Peace in Libya In recent months, the United States has redoubled efforts to end the fighting and support UN initiatives led by UN SRSG Ghassan Salamé to achieve a negotiated political solution to the crisis in Libya.  In ... Read More»

U.S. and Government of Libya sign Memorandum of Intent

At a ceremony in Tunis on October 10, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Government of Libya, through the Ministry of Planning, signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) for enhancing their partnership.  The MOI is based on the shared values of strengthening the foundations of a unified ... Read More»

ICE returns sixth century marble statue to Libya

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) International Operations Division Chief Leo Lin returned a sixth century marble statue known as the “Head of a Veiled Woman,” during a repatriation ceremony at the Libyan Embassy, Thursday. “As a federal law enforcement agency with a global reach, HSI is a leader ... Read More»

MEPI Student Leaders Program 2020

The US Embassy to Libya is accepting applications for the 2020 MEPI Student Leaders Program! What is the MEPI Student Leaders Program? The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a rigorous leadership program that offers 60 outstanding undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to visit and learn in the United States. The program is approximately 5 ... Read More»

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program 2020-2021

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is a scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AMIDEAST in countries throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, including Libya.  The YES Program provides scholarships to Libyan high school students between the ages of 15 and 18 to spend up to ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC)

Joint statement by the Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates , the United Kingdom and the United States of America: We fully support Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) as the country’s sole independent, legitimate and nonpartisan oil company. Now is the time to consolidate national economic institutions rather ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard B. Norland welcomes the opportunity for dialogue with all Libyans

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland assumed his duties as U.S. Ambassador to Libya on August 14, following his nomination by the U.S. President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. The Ambassador welcomes the opportunity for dialogue with all Libyans. So far, he has appreciated the opportunity to present himself to GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, Foreign ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States on the Truce in Libya

The following is the text of a joint statement by the governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Begin text: The governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the announcement of a truce in Libya on the occasion ... Read More»

Civilian Casualties in Libya

The Embassy of the United States of America calls on all parties in Libya to redouble their efforts to protect civilians and prevent damage to civilian infrastructure.  In particular, we urge an immediate de-escalation and halt to attacks against Matiga Airport in Tripoli, which endangered Libyan civilians seeking to perform the Hajj pilgrimage on August ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Josh Harris’ remarks at Libya Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference

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USAID/Libya Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference

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Joint Statement on Hostilities in Tripoli

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of Egypt, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Begin Text: The governments of Egypt, France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America reiterate their deep concern about ongoing ... Read More»

2018 Report on International Religious Freedom: Libya

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2019 Trafficking in Persons Report – Libya

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Libya Complex Emergency Fact Sheet – 06/4/2019

HIGHLIGHTS Conflict displaces populations from areas South and East of Tripoli Relief actors provide humanitarian assistance to at least 52,000 people UN releases the 2019 HNO, estimating 823,000 people require humanitarian assistance and requesting $202 million to support humanitarian activities. Key Developments Ongoing hostilities in Libya’s capital city of Tripoli have resulted in 167 civilian ... Read More»

Statement by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Natalie Baker

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Statement by Ambassador Peter W. Bodde

Statement by Ambassador Peter W. Bodde U.S. Embassy Libya May 23, 2019 Today marks my last day serving as the Chief of Mission of U.S. Embassy Libya.  As I return to retirement, I am struck and saddened by the deepening divide that is undermining prospects of a better future for all Libyans.  The ongoing fighting ... Read More»

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Funding Opportunity Apply for a 2019 MEPI Local Grant Grants totaling $50K to $500K. Closing date for applications is May 21, 2019 Visit this  link  to learn more. The MEPI Local Grants Program’s mission is to sustain the United States’ commitment to strengthen direct partnerships with local actors to promote prosperity and participatory governance. Its objectives ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Situation in Libya

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC April 7, 2019 The United States is deeply concerned about fighting near Tripoli. We have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital. Forces should return to status ... Read More»

 Security Alert – U.S. Libya External Office in Tunis – April 6, 2019

Location:  Disparate locations in Libya Event:  There are reports of heavy fighting between Libyan National Army (LNA)-aligned and Government of National Accord (GNA)-aligned forces. Fighting is expected to intensify and may affect the entire country. The U.S. government is unable to provide emergency or routine assistance to U.S. citizens in Libya, as the U.S. Embassy ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Fighting Near Gharyan, Libya

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Begin Text: The governments of France, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States are deeply concerned by fighting near Gharyan, Libya and urge ... Read More»

Security Alert – Libya Exterior Office in Tunis

Location: Tripoli, Libya Event: Warning of an imminent attack on a vital national institution in Tripoli on Saturday, March 23, 2019.  Open source reports have indicated that the area of theCentral Post Office on Zawiyah Street was cordoned off after possible improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were discovered. Actions to Take: Avoid the areas around government buildings and other national institutions, ... Read More»

Amb. Peter Bodde and AFRICOM Gen. Thomas Waldhauser visit Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya

Today, my colleague AFRICOM Commander General Tom Waldhauser and I traveled to Tripoli for productive meetings with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, Minister of Interior Fathi Bashaga and senior Government of National Accord officials.   In our meetings, we reiterated United States support for Libya as a unified, secure, and prosperous state under a government ... Read More»

Joint statement on Libya

The Ambassadors of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the Libyan National Oil Corporation’s (NOC) decision to lift force majeure and immediately resume production at the crucial al-Sharara oil field.  We commend the leadership of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Salamé and the UN Support Mission in Libya in promoting ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Begin Text: The governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States reiterate their strong support to the ongoing efforts of UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) ... Read More»

Situation in Southern Libya

Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson February 14, 2019 The United States is concerned by ongoing tensions in southern Libya, which have prolonged the closure of critical oil infrastructure and deprived all Libyans of vital economic resources. We call on all parties to urgently establish a mutually ... Read More»

Professional Fellow Program 2019

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for the Middle East and North Africa is a fully funded 6-week program (including a 4-week fellowship placement) in the U.S. for young professionals committed to empowering their communities through innovation and entrepreneurship, socially responsible businesses, and workforce development. The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered ... Read More»

Ambassador Bodde’s Meeting in Libya

On January 30, Ambassador Peter Bodde led an official delegation to Misrata for a meeting with the Minister of Interior Fathi Bashaga, Central Military Zone Commander Major-General Mohammad Haddad, and other military officials.  Discussions focused on efforts to ensure that Libya’s security institutions are fully capable of providing security to the Libyan people.  In the ... Read More»

Sharara Oil Field in Libya

The United States continues to monitor the situation at the Sharara oil field and echoes the UN Support Mission for Libya’s call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of armed elements in the area, which is crucial to allow oil production for the benefit of all Libyans to resume. We call on all parties to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Libya relaunches the 2019 U.S.- Libya Space Camp Scholarship

Application deadline:  February 15, 2019 Apply here:   www.spacecamplibya.ly The U.S. Embassy to Libya is now accepting applications for the 2019 U.S.-Libya Space Camp Scholarship Program that will give Libyan students and educators the opportunity to challenge themselves in an elite training center designed for the top scientists and astronauts from around the world.   The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Ministry of Education ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting With Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj today in Brussels. The Secretary thanked the Prime Minister for the Government of National Accord’s strong partnership with the United States. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ committed support for UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salamé and his plan, as briefed to ... Read More»

TechWomen 2019: Apply now!

TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East together with their professional American counterparts for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential. During the five-week program, participants engage ... Read More»

The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Salah Badi

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Renewal of U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Agreement Increases Opportunities for Youth and STEM Educators

On November 15, the U.S. State Department hosted a signing ceremony in the Treaty Room in recognition of the ten-year renewal of the U.S.-Libya Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.  Present to sign the Agreement were Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bughaighis and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs ... Read More»

Palermo Conference on Libya – STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON

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Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

Read the State Department’s new report detailing the magnitude of the Iranian regime’s destructive behavior at home and abroad. The report covers Iran’s support for terrorism, its missile program, illicit financial activities, threats to maritime security and cybersecurity, human rights abuses, as well as environmental exploitation. Download the report here» (pdf) Confronting Iran: The Trump Administration’s Strategy Read More»

The US Embassy to Libya is accepting application for the 2019 MEPI Student Leaders Program

What is the MEPI Student Leaders Program? The MEPI Student Leaders Program is a rigorous leadership program that offers 60 outstanding undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to visit and learn in the United States. The program is approximately 5 weeks long, and will take place from June 26 – July 31, 2019. Students are ... Read More»

U.S. and Denmark support strengthening of local elections processes

At a ceremony in Tunis on October 4, the United States Government and the Government of Denmark announced their joint support to strengthen Libya’s electoral processes. The Government of Denmark through the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is contributing Danish Kroner (DKK) 6,540,000 (approximately $1 million USD) to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) ... Read More»

Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program 2019

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and AMIDEAST are pleased to announce this year’s recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program. The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa who are from underserved backgrounds. The ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Blome and General Waldhauser’s meeting with Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj

Chargé d’Affaires Donald Blome and AFRICOM Commander General Thomas Waldhauser met today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to discuss the security situation in Tripoli and U.S.-Libya cooperation. The United States expressed its continued support to efforts to achieve lasting stability in Libya through the UN Action Plan and reaffirmed support to the Government of ... Read More»

The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadhran

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 12, 2018 Today, the United States, in coordination with the UN Security Council’s Libya Sanctions Committee, imposed financial sanctions on Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran. In accordance with today’s UN listing, which was proposed by Libya’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office ... Read More»

Attack on Libya’s National Oil Corporation

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson September 10, 2018 The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack against Libya’s National Oil Corporation in Tripoli, an assault against one of the country’s most vital economic institutions. We offer condolences to the families of the victims and ... Read More»

Joint Statement Welcoming the Ceasefire in Tripoli, Libya

The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the result of the mediation reached today by the United Nations Support Mission that aims to deescalate violence in and around Tripoli and ensure the protection of civilians.  We reiterate our strong support for Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ghassan Salame as ... Read More»

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the continued escalation of violence in and around Tripoli that has caused many casualties and continues to endanger the lives of innocent civilians. We reiterate that the targeting of civilians and indiscriminate attacks are prohibited under International Humanitarian Law. These attempts ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya by the Ambassadors and Chargés d’ Affaires of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

The Ambassadors and Chargés d’Affaires of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States are deeply concerned about the recent clashes in and around Tripoli that are destabilizing the situation and endangering the lives of innocent civilians.  Any attempts to undermine Libya’s security are unacceptable and completely counter to the wishes of the Libyan ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Welcoming Libyan National Oil Corporation Resuming Production

The text of the following statement on Libya was released by the Governments of the United States of America, France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, recalling their statement of 27 June 2018, welcome the announcement that Libya’s National Oil Corporation is resuming its ... Read More»

Press Statement – Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Stephanie Williams June 27, 2018

Misrata   Today, my colleague AFRICOM Major General Gregg Olson and I had productive meetings with the political and military leadership in Misrata.  We were particularly pleased to meet with the Government of National Accord Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeg, House of Representatives members Sleiman al-Faqeeh, Fathi Bashagha, Mohamed al-Raeed, and Mohamed Hneish, High State ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya by the Governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States

The governments of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States are deeply concerned about the announcement that the Ras Lanuf and Sidra oil fields and facilities will be transferred to the control of an entity other than the legitimate National Oil Corporation. Libya’s oil facilities, production, and revenues belong to the Libyan people. ... Read More»

Condemnation of the Attacks on the Libyan Oil Ports of Ras Lanuf and Sidra

The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks on the Libyan oil ports of Ras Lanuf and Al Sidra, and calls for an immediate end to the violence that is damaging Libya’s vital national infrastructure. Oil facilities, production, and revenues belong to the Libyan people and must remain under the sole oversight of the Government ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions Six Migrant Smugglers for Threatening Libya’s Peace, Security, or Stability

Action Taken Concurrently with the United Nations Security Council  WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), concurrently with the United Nations, sanctioned six individuals for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through their involvement in the smuggling of migrants.  Migrant smuggling has become a lucrative ... Read More»

Press Statement – Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Stephanie Williams – June 5, 2018

Libya Economic Dialogue Joint Statement on behalf of the Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union With my colleagues from France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the European Union, I would like to thank Deputy Prime Ministers Fathi Majbiri and Ahmed Maiteeg for hosting this, the eighth ... Read More»

Press Statement – Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim Stephanie Williams – May 31, 2018

Today, my colleague AFRICOM Commander General Tom Waldhauser and I met with Prime Minister al-Sarraj and we reiterated our shared vision for a stable, democratic and unified Libya able to deliver prosperity for the Libyan people.  As our presence in Tripoli today testifies, the U.S.-Libya partnership is strong, rooted in our mutual commitment to advance ... Read More»

The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in Tripoli

The United States strongly condemns today’s attack on the Libyan High National Elections Commission (HNEC) in Tripoli. We offer condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery for those injured. We stand with all Libyans in the fight against terrorism in their nation. The United States continues to support United Nations ... Read More»

The United States and Libya sign several civilian security agreements

On April 27, Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Williams and Libyan Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi signed a Memorandum of Intent for airport security, and a Letter of Agreement to support Libyan policing, corrections and justice sector development, in the presence of Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala and hosted by Ambassador Maaloul at the Libyan ... Read More»

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019/2020

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program offers a full year length scholarship to mid-level professionals from Libya who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university. This is not a degree-granting program, but is intended ... Read More»

FAQs: Fulbright Foreign Student Exchange program

Q1. The application says to check with the Fulbright commission office before applying. Who do I contact? Thank you for the message. Please go ahead and fill out the application through the link: iie.embark.com/apply/ffsp Q2. What is the list of required documents? Here is the list of required documents: Letter of Reference Report on Proficiency in English Transcript Release Form Signature Form Academic Records Information Q3. What are the eligible fields of ... Read More»

U.S. Companies meet with Libya Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) to promote Libya’s economy

On March 22, the U.S. Embassy Libya External Office, based in Tunis, and the Libya Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) co-hosted a U.S.-Libya commercial roundtable, bringing together representatives of U.S. companies to learn about LLIDF’s priorities on private sector investment to advance shared interests in creating essential infrastructure and diversifying Libya’s economy.  This is ... Read More»

Treasury Sanctions International Network Smuggling Oil from Libya to Europe

Actions Demonstrate U.S. Commitment to Disrupt Illicit and Destabilizing Activities in Libya WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today sanctioned six individuals, 24 entities, and seven vessels pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13726 for threatening the peace, security, or stability of Libya through the illicit production, refining, ... Read More»

United States and Libya Sign Cultural Property Protection Agreement – February 23, 2018

Remarks: Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steven Goldstein and Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi MS GRUNDER:  Good afternoon.  I am Alyson Grunder, the deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Thank you ... Read More»

Apply to become a Professional Fellow in the Fall 2018 Program

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) for the Middle East and North Africa is a fully funded 6-week program (including a 4-week fellowship placement) in the U.S. for young professionals committed to empowering their communities through innovation and entrepreneurship, socially responsible businesses, and workforce development. The Professional Fellows Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered ... Read More»

Leaders for Democracy Fellowship Program 2018

Since 2007, the Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF) program has provided early and mid-career professionals from the MENA region with the opportunity to complete training in leadership, civic engagement, participatory governance, conflict resolution, and communication. Emerging civic leaders with strong Arabic skills will spend three months in Lebanon, gaining academic and practical experience, as well ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of France and Italy, and the Chargés d’affaires of the United Kingdom and the United States to Libya

France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States have condemned in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attacks in Benghazi on 23 January.  We will continue our efforts with our international partners to combat terrorism in Libya, and pursue action against those who are complicit in such horrific attacks. 10 persons have been subject to unlawful killings ... Read More»

The United States strongly condemns the two bombings in the al-Salmani neighborhood of Benghazi

The United States strongly condemns the two bombings in the al-Salmani neighborhood of Benghazi on January 23, which caused many casualties, including civilians. We stand with all Libyans against terrorism and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and our wishes for a speedy recovery for those injured. Read More»

Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Libya. In her remarks, Ambassador Haley underscored the importance of prioritizing basic human rights for those affected by the crisis and expressed U.S. support of the UN’s efforts to facilitate a political process ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on Libya’s Successful Destruction of its Chemical Weapons Stockpile

The United States congratulates Libya for destroying the last remnants of its Qadhafi-era chemical weapons stockpile and satisfying its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. We also gratefully recognize the key contributions of Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Malta, France, and Spain, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in ... Read More»

Letter from President Donald J. Trump on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of Libya’s independence

Dear Mr. Prime Minister: Please accept my best wishes as you celebrate Libya’s 66th year of independence on December 24, 2017. On this occasion, let me underscore that the United States stands with the Libyan people as you seek to move beyond the legacy of more than 40 years of dictatorship, to establish inclusive institutions, to ... Read More»

2018 GIST Tech-I Competition Announcement

I. Competition format: 1. Deadline: 12:00 PM US ET on December 28, 2017 Online applications submitted. 2. January 2018: Applications reviewed by GIST Tech-I Alumni Mentors. 3. January/February 2018: Three applications from each Alumni Mentor will be voted on by the online global public. 4. April 16-19, 2018: Finalists attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. 5. ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation Fully Implemented Today

The Department of State is fully implementing Presidential Proclamation 9645 (Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or other Public-Safety Threats), as the Supreme Court’s December 4, 2017 orders permit.  The Department began implementing the full Proclamation at the opening of business (local time) at U.S. embassies ... Read More»

Joint Statement on Libya

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj of Libya

President Donald J. Trump met today with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of Libya to discuss the bilateral relationship between the United States and Libya and opportunities for future partnerships. President Trump underscored the United States’ continued support for the Government of National Accord and the United Nations-facilitated efforts to achieve political reconciliation in Libya. The ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Tillerson met today with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj.  Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed the United States’ full support for Prime Minister al-Sarraj, the Government of National Accord, and the Libyan Political Agreement.  Secretary Tillerson thanked Prime Minister al-Sarraj for his stalwart partnership in counterterrorism efforts and defeating ... Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of Libya

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj of Libya to the White House on December 1, 2017.  President Trump looks forward to discussing the bilateral ties between the United States and Libya and reaffirming the United States’ support for the Government of National Accord, and commitment to helping the Libyan people realize a ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Meeting with Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program 2018

The U.S. Department of State’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and AMIDEAST are pleased to announce this year’s recruitment for the Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program. The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors in the Middle East and North Africa who are from underserved backgrounds. The ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the USA

France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States condemn the October 30 airstrikes on Derna, which killed at least fifteen civilians, including twelve women and children, and injured many others.  We offer our condolences to the families of the victims, and call for immediate humanitarian access to assist the injured and prevent further suffering ... Read More»

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Apprehension of Mustafa al-Imam for His Alleged Role in the September 11, 2012 Attacks in Benghazi

Yesterday, on my orders, United States forces captured Mustafa al-Imam in Libya. Because of this successful operation, al-Imam will face justice in the United States for his alleged role in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods—four brave Americans ... Read More»

MEPI Student Leaders Program 2018

The Student Leaders program offers outstanding undergraduates from across the MENA region an intensive leadership training course of approximately 5 weeks in the United States. The program emphasizes lessons in participatory governance and the application of leadership skills. The Student Leaders program is a rigorous exchange program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from ... Read More»

President Donald J. Trump announces Enhanced National Security Measures

The government of Libya is an important and valuable counterterrorism partner of the United States, and the United States Government looks forward to expanding on that cooperation, including in the areas of immigration and border management.  Libya, nonetheless, faces significant challenges in sharing several types of information, including public-safety and terrorism-related information necessary for the ... Read More»

U.S. Support for the UN Action Plan for Libya

The United States welcomes the September 20 United Nations (UN) announcement of an action plan to advance political reconciliation in Libya and help the Libyan people achieve lasting peace and security. We applaud the vigorous outreach by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Libya Ghassan Salamé to Libyan leaders and call on all ... Read More»

ICC Arrest Warrant for Major Mahmoud al-Werfalli in Libya: Joint Statement by the Governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The governments of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States welcome the announcement on August 17 by the Libya National Army (LNA) that it will investigate reports of unlawful killings in Benghazi. We note that the LNA has recognized the arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court prosecutor for a member of the LNA, ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Embassy Libya

The United States is fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya.  The United States engages a wide range of Libyan political and security figures.  Ambassador Bodde meets regularly with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, including in Tunis on August 7, 2017.  Ambassador Bodde has also met ... Read More»

Libyan Dialogue and Joint Declaration

The United States remains committed to working with Libya and our international partners to help resolve the political conflict and advance peace and long-term stability in Libya. While the Libyan people must lead the process of achieving political reconciliation in their country, the international community plays an important role in supporting those efforts. In this ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Embassy Libya

The United States is fully committed to working with all Libyans to help advance stabilization and resolve the conflict in Libya. To that end, the United States engages a wide range of Libyan political and security figures. Ambassador Bodde meets regularly with Prime Minister al-Sarraj, including in Tripoli on May 23, 2017. Ambassador Bodde has ... Read More»

Pre-Departure Orientation with the next generation of MEPI Student Leaders

After their pre-departure orientation in Tunis, the group of young Libyans who were selected to participate in the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program traveled to the United States. After orientation in Washington, DC, they were placed at various universities in the United States to participate in the program on leadership development and ... Read More»

An Iftar dinner with Libyan U.S. Government Exchanges Alumni and future YES High School Students

During Ramadan, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Candace Putnam, hosted an Iftar dinner on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan, with Libyan alumni of exchange programs and eight new participants who will take part in the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program in which they will live with American families and attend high schools in the ... Read More»

The United States Distributes 5,000 Ramadan Baskets to Conflict-Affected Sirte Families

The U.S. Embassy to Libya (Tunis) – In the spirit of Ramadan, a time for reflection, tolerance, generosity and renewed friendship, the United States Embassy to Libya provided commodity baskets to 5,000 conflict-affected Sirte families in Tripoli, Mistrata, Sirte and other neighboring cities and towns in Sirte region. The baskets, which contain food that is ... Read More»

Press Statement: Ambassador Bodde

Tripoli: May 23, 2017 Today, my colleague AFRICOM Commander General Tom Waldhauser and I had a warm and productive meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj. While we have met together in many capitals, we are particularly pleased to be here today together in Tripoli. In our meeting, we reiterated United States support for Libya ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of the People’s Republic of China, France, the Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and USA

In light of recent violence around Brak Al-Shatti airbase in Libya’s south which again risks escalating into renewed conflict, Taking note of relevant UN Security Council resolutions(UNSCRs), including UNSCRs 2213, 2259 and 2278, and our statement of 11 April 2017 concerning violence around Tamanhint airbase, Reiterating our determination to support the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) ... Read More»

Meeting with Libyan Alumni in June 2016

The U.S. Embassy in Libya maintains dynamic engagement with the network of U.S. government sponsored exchange program alumni from Libya. Last summer, the Embassy hosted a group of alumni from the IVLP and Fulbright programs with a reception attended by U.S. Ambassador to Libya Peter Bodde. The alumni networked with the embassy team and with ... Read More»

Preserving Historic Photographic Archives in Libya and Tunisia

In March 2017, U.S. Embassy Libya launched a workshop entitled, Preserving Historic Photographic Archives in Libya and Tunisia with representatives from the Libyan Department of Antiquities and the Tunisian Institute National du Patrimoine (INP) and the Bardo Museum. International experts in archeology and historic photographic preservation from the United States, Lebanon, and the UK led ... Read More»

Engaging Libyan Youth on Cultural Heritage and Civic Engagement

In March 2017, U.S. Embassy Libya hosted a cultural heritage and civic engagement workshop in Tunis to help young people in Libya better understand cultural heritage protection. Former Deputy Chief of Mission Helen LaFave joined Libyan teachers, scouts, and girls guides leaders at the workshop. President and Chief Instigator of the American museum exhibit company ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of the People’s Republic of China, France, Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the USA

In light of recent violence in Libya’s south, including near the Tamanhint airbase, which risks escalating into renewed conflict. Taking note of relevant UN Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs), including UNSCRs 2213, 2259 and 2278, and Reiterating our determination to support the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) in order to alleviate the suffering of ... Read More»

Statement by the Ambassadors to Libya of the People’s Republic of China, France, Russia, UK & the U.S

In light of recent conflict in Libya’s Oil Crescent and Tripoli, Taking note of relevant UN Security Council resolutions, including UNSCRs 2213, 2259 and 2278, Mindful that such attacks, including those against oil installations, threaten Libya’s peace, stability and security, We underscore that petroleum infrastructure, production, export and revenues belong to all Libyan people and ... Read More»

Joint statement on Libya by the Ambassadors of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

The Ambassadors of France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States reiterate their strong concern regarding violence in the oil crescent and call for an end to hostilities and avoiding any action that could damage Libya’s energy infrastructure. Oil infrastructure, production, export and revenues belong to the Libyan people and must remain under the ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States to Libya

The Ambassadors of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States reiterate our commitment to preserving the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity, and national cohesion of Libya and our support for the Libyan Political Agreement of 17 December 2015 as the basis for an inclusive political solution of the current conflicts. We continue ... Read More»

Libya Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of the country because of violence between Libyan militias.  The U.S. Embassy in Tripoli remains closed, ... Read More»

Travel Warning – Libya

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, 2014, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff outside of the country because of ongoing violence between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the ... Read More»

Travel Warning: Libya

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Libya and recommends that U.S. citizens currently in Libya depart immediately. On July 26, the U.S. Embassy suspended all embassy operations in Libya and relocated staff, due to ongoing violence between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the Embassy. This Travel Warning supersedes ... Read More»
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