Letter to His Excellency António Guterres

Letter to His Excellency António Guterres JANUARY 20, 2021 •  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Mr. António Guterres Secretary-General United Nations New York Excellency: This letter constitutes a retraction by the Government of the United States of the letter dated July 6, 2020, notifying you that the Government of the United States intended to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO), …

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Ambassador Norland’s call with members of the Fezzan Municipalities Council on issues affecting southern Libya

Yesterday, Ambassador Norland spoke over the phone with members of the Fezzan Municipalities Council.  The Ambassador and Mayor Ashraf al-Mosleh (Bent Baya), Mayor Al-shawish Gherbal (Sebha) and Mayor Ahmed Matko Nino (Ubari) discussed recent developments concerning the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and the challenges faced by southern municipalities which feel excluded and marginalized as economic conditions in southern …

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Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE January 21, 2021 Joint Statement on the Situation in Libya The following joint statement was issued by the Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Begin text: The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, the United …

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Proclamation on Ending Discriminatory Bans on Entry to The United States

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION The United States was built on a foundation of religious freedom and tolerance, a principle enshrined in the United States Constitution.  Nevertheless, the previous administration enacted a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations that prevented certain individuals from entering the United States — first from primarily …

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Ambassador Norland Reaffirms U.S. Support for December Elections in Virtual Meeting with HNEC Chairman al-Sayah

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland and Dr. Emad Al-Sayah of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) discussed U.S. support as Libya prepares to hold national elections on December 24, 2021, as agreed by the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).  Noting Wednesday’s reaffirmation of the democratic transfer of power in the United States, the Ambassador reiterated …

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Inaugural Address by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

The United States Capitol – JANUARY 20, 2021 11:52 AM EST THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell, Vice President Pence, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans. This is America’s day. This is democracy’s day. A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve. Through a crucible …

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The United States welcomes the (LPDF) Advisory Committee’s progress toward the selection of a new interim executive authority

The United States welcomes the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) Advisory Committee’s progress toward the selection of a new interim executive authority.  Their work reflects the clear demands of the Libyan people that it is time to move past the conflict and corruption facilitated by the status quo.  We call on all parties to work …

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Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Embassy to Libya invites alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to apply for the 2021 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF 2021).  Proposals must include teams of at least two alumni that meet all program eligibility requirements.  The most competitive proposals will advance key priorities identified below.  Exchange alumni interested in participating …

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U.S. joins statement with France, Germany, Italy and UK on Support for LPDF

The Ambassadors of Germany, Italy and the United States and the Charge d’Affaires of France and the United Kingdom, joined by UNSMIL, met virtually with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj on December 30 to reiterate full support for the success of the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum and interrelated economic and security dialogues. The heads of …

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Ambassador Richard Norland met Libyan leaders on a visit to Misrata to support Libyan progress on security, political, and economic dialogue.

Ambassador Norland traveled to Misrata today for meetings with Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeg, Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashagha, and others to consult on a wide range of issues in the context of progress in intra-Libyan dialogue, and to encourage support for the UN-led process.  In separate meetings with Deputy PM Maiteeg and Minister …

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Ambassador Norland and Finance Minister Bomtari Highlight Efforts to Bolster Fiscal Transparency

Ambassador Norland and Finance Minister Bomtari met on December 4 and voiced support for the UN Support Mission in Libya’s (UNSMIL) call to convene senior Libyan technocrats and policymakers for a much-needed dialogue on the economic challenges facing Libya.  As Libya grapples with challenges related to the exchange rate and budget process, the Ambassador underscored …

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Ambassador Norland’s meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya

The American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham Libya) hosted a virtual meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland and American companies on December 1 to exchange views regarding the evolving political process in Libya and prospects for improving the business climate for U.S. investment.  Ambassador Norland underscored that the ongoing political process in …

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The United States Sanctions Libyan Individual and Militia Connected to Serious Human Rights Abuse in Libya

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE NOVEMBER 27, 2020 On Wednesday, the United States imposed sanctions on Mohamed al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia in connection with the massacre of hundreds of civilians in recent years. Al-Kani and the Kaniyat militia, which al-Kani leads, are designated pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon …

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U.S. Embassy support for the NOC’s mandate on behalf of Libyans

The Embassy reiterates U.S. support for the National Oil Corporation (NOC) as it fulfills its apolitical and technocratic mandate on behalf of all Libyans.  We also commend the swift action of Libyan forces in response to the armed incursion against the NOC headquarters on November 23.  Attempts by armed groups, political factions, or other institutions …

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Ongoing U.S. Support for UNICEF’s mission to protect children in Libya

Ambassador Richard Norland and UNICEF’s new Special Representative for Libya Abdulkadir Musse had an introductory call on Monday to discuss UNICEF’s important work in Libya. The meeting covered a wide range of issues facing children’s health and safety in Libya including vaccine shortages, safety of children migrants, monitoring and reporting on child soldiers, and Covid-19 …

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U.S. Embassy Welcomes Progress in Libyan Political Dialogue and Elections on December 24, 2021

The Embassy welcomes the Libyan agreement reached in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) to hold national elections on December 24, 2021, which will enable all Libyans to exercise their sovereign right to choose the country’s leadership and direction. We also applaud the sincere and ongoing efforts of LPDF participants as they seek consensus on …

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U.S. Embassy Shocked by Murder of Attorney, Concerned About Abductees

We are gravely concerned by and closely following media reports that Hanan Al-Barassi, a vocal attorney who actively sought to fight corruption in Libya, was murdered today in Benghazi. Silencing the voices of peaceful activists should not be tolerated and we reiterate our strong commitment to allowing all Libyans, including women and youth, to have …

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U.S. Embassy to explore possible new property in Tripoli

As the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum prepares to get underway in Tunis, Ambassador Norland spoke with Foreign Minister Siala on Friday to convey the U.S. Embassy’s intention to begin formal consultations with Libyan authorities on the lengthy process to secure property in Tripoli to facilitate long-term U.S. diplomatic engagements in Libya.  “Although we are a …

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U.S. Embassy welcomes courageous efforts to restore Libya’s sovereignty

Ambassador Norland welcomes the courageous efforts of Libyan participants in the Joint Military Commission (JMC) consultations in Ghadames to implement the October 23 ceasefire agreement, realize Libyan aspirations to de-escalate the conflict, and begin to take concrete steps toward the ultimate departure of foreign forces and mercenaries.  This important trajectory will continue when a broad …

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Ceasefire in Libya

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 26, 2020 We welcome the announcement of Libyans signing a nationwide, immediate ceasefire agreement at the UN-facilitated 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva on October 23. We commend Libyan leadership on all sides for taking this courageous step. We also appreciate the vital role the …

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US Embassy Libya’s statement on the nationwide ceasefire signed today in Geneva

The United States warmly welcomes the permanent, nationwide ceasefire signed at the Joint Military Commission (JMC) talks in Geneva.  This agreement is a major step forward toward realizing the shared interests of all Libyans in de-escalation, stability, and the departure of foreign fighters.  We congratulate the parties on the successful outcome of their negotiations, and …

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2021 Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)

The U.S. Embassy Libya is accepting project proposals ranging from $10,000 to $500,000 for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2021 Competition. U.S. ambassadors in eligible countries may submit proposals for projects to preserve cultural heritage in the host country. This competitive global fund was established to help countries preserve cultural heritage and to demonstrate U.S. respect for other …

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Ambassador Norland Reaffirms U.S. Support for Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

In a meeting today with the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Stephanie Williams, Ambassador Norland reiterated full U.S. support for the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) process, through which Libyan parties are coming together peacefully to achieve a sovereign Libyan solution to end the conflict, promote transparent management of Libya’s economic resources, and …

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Call for Applications: The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES)

OVERVIEW The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate …

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U.S. Embassy Libya’s statement on the apparent Libyan agreement to reopen the energy sector

As responsible Libyan parties come together in UN-facilitated peaceful dialogue, the U.S. Embassy is encouraged by an apparent sovereign Libyan agreement to enable the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to resume its vital and apolitical work.  In an exchange of letters between Ambassador Norland and Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Haftar, as well as in recent …

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AFRICOM Commander and Ambassador Norland discuss key security issues with Libya’s Minister of Defense

During his visit to Tunisia on Wednesday, U.S. Africa Command Commander, U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Ambassador Richard Norland to discuss recent political and security developments in Libya. During the meeting, the two spoke via video conference call with newly-appointed Libyan Minister of Defense Salah Eddine al-Namrush …

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Remarks at a UN Security Council Briefing on the Situation in Libya (via VTC)

Ambassador Kelly Craft Permanent Representative U.S. Mission to the United Nations New York, New York September 2, 2020 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Abarry. Congratulations on your presidency this month. And a special thank you to Acting SRSG Stephanie Williams for your commitment to UNSMIL and the people of Libya. Libya is at a critical juncture. …

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Ambassador Norland Encourages Leaders to Operationalize Calls for Ceasefire and Oil Production

Ambassador Norland spoke with Libyan political figures and officials on Sunday and Monday to assess progress in operationalizing the statements issued on Friday regarding a ceasefire and resumption of oil production in Libya.  He told Prime Minister Sarraj in a phone call on Sunday that the GNA’s statement, along with that issued by House of …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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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:                              …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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USAID/Libya Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference

USAID/Libya Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference On July 18-19, 2019, USAID/Libya convened a cross section of prominent Libyan business women, activists, and Libyan local government representatives for a Women’s Economic Empowerment conference in Tunis, Tunisia to discuss opportunities and constraints to entrepreneurship and political participation for women in Libya. The event follows the recent announcement of …

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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

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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 …

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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 …

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