Ambassador Norland focused on elections during today’s visit to Tripoli

Today, in the wake of the Paris Conference for Libya, U.S. Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland visited Tripoli to focus on the approaching elections set for December 24. The presidential elections will be the first in Libya’s history. The Ambassador met Presidential Council member Moussa al-Kouni to review Libyan governmental efforts in …

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United States Provides Additional $4 Million for Urgent COVID-19 Response in Libya

For Immediate Release November 5, 2021 The United States—through the United States Agency for International Development—is providing $4 million in additional COVID-19 assistance for Libya. This new funding will provide technical assistance, equipment, and supplies to support Libya’s National Vaccine and Deployment plan and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  “We are pleased to be able …

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Imposing Sanctions on a Libyan Individual for Serious Human Rights Abuses

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 26, 2021 The United States is designating Libyan national Osama Al Kuni Ibrahim pursuant to Executive Order 13726, based on his involvement in serious human rights abuses against migrants in Libya. Ibrahim is the de facto manager of a migrant detention center in Zawiyah, Libya, where …

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Joint Statement of the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States

We, the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States commend Libya for its successful hosting of the October 21 Stabilization Conference, which allowed senior officials from countries and organizations around the globe to converge on Tripoli and demonstrate their support for the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, and national unity of …

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Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert’s Trip to Tunisia and Libya

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 21, 2021 Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert visited Tunisia and Libya October 19-21. During her trip to Tunisia, Acting Assistant Secretary Lempert met with Tunisian government officials, including Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, welcoming Tunisia’s newly formed government and reiterated that the U.S. …

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Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya (10th of October 2021)

The Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya join Special Envoy and Head of UNSMIL Jan Kubis in welcoming the announcement made on October 8th 2021 by the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC) of the signing of a comprehensive Action Plan for the withdrawal of mercenaries, foreign fighters …

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US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland’s statement on the HoR and HCS consultations hosted in Morocco, Sep. 30 – Oct. 1, 2021

It was important that representatives of the HoR and HSC met and held consultations over remaining issues surrounding the elections scheduled for December 24. UNSMIL was present as technical facilitator, and at the invitation of Moroccan Foreign Minister Bourita. We thank Morocco for its willingness to host these talks and for working to ensure that …

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Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Chollet and Special Envoy Norland’s Visit to Libya

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 15, 2021 Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Derek Chollet and Special Envoy for Libya Richard Norland visited Libya on September 15 where they met with interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba, High Council of State Chairman Khaled Al-Mishri, Presidential Council Deputy Chairmen Musa Koni and Abdullah Lafi, …

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Statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya on the 24 December, 2021 Libyan elections

We, the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States in Libya, following his briefing to the UN Security Council on 10 September, 2021, join Special Envoy Jan Kubis in urging all Libyan actors to ensure inclusive, free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections on 24 December, 2021. Such elections, as …

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Visit to Tripoli of Leslie Ordeman, Deputy Chief of Mission in US Embassy Libya

Today Leslie Ordeman the U.S. Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission, accompanied by USAID Libya Representative John Pennell visited Tripoli for meetings with HNEC, the Ministry of the Interior, and civil society and election observation groups to discuss US support for elections. DCM Ordeman also met Minister of Oil and Gas Mohamed Aoun at the Ministry’s …

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U.S. Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland’s Visit to Tripoli

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JULY 26, 2021 U.S. Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland visited Tripoli, Libya July 26 where he met with interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba, attended a signing ceremony for a new 5G telecommunications contract between Libyan company Hatif and U.S. company Infinera, and held other meetings with Libyan and international representatives.  …

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Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Libya

Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield U.S. Representative to the United Nations New York, New York July 15, 2021 AS DELIVERED Thank you, Mr. President, for chairing today’s meeting. And thank you to Special Envoy Kubis for your very, very useful briefing. I would like to join others in welcoming the presence of the Cabinet Minister from Kenya, …

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Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman, Ranking Member Joint Statement in Support of Democratic Elections in Libya

JUNE 29, 2021 SFRC RANKING MEMBER, CHAIRMAN JOINT STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS IN LIBYA WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today issued the below statement in support of democratic elections in Libya: “We strongly support ongoing efforts by …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Finalizing Preparations for Libyan Elections

THE WHITE HOUSE JUNE 29, 2021 I commend the work of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) as its members meet in Geneva this week to finalize preparations for Libya to hold historic national elections on December 24, 2021. As the Berlin II conference affirmed, the United States stands together with our Libyan and international …

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Joey Hood, Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs

SPECIAL BRIEFING VIA TELEPHONE JOEY HOOD, ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY BUREAU OF NEAR EASTERN AFFAIRS JUNE 24, 2021  DOWNLOAD AUDIO (MPEG) [28 MB] MODERATOR: Good afternoon from the U.S. State Department’s Brussels Media Hub. I’d like to welcome all participants to today’s telephonic press briefing. Today we are very pleased to be joined by Joey Hood, Acting Assistant Secretary of State …

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The Second Berlin Conference on Libya

CONFERENCE CONCLUSIONS   Today, at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Maas and United Nations Secretary-General Guterres, High Representatives of the Governments of Algeria, China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (AU Chair), Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Libya, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, the Republic of the Congo (Chair of the High-Level Commission of the AU on …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Libyan Interim Prime Minister Dabaiba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 24, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba in Berlin.  Secretary Blinken and interim Prime Minister Dabaiba discussed the need for timely preparations for the December 24, 2021 national elections.  The Secretary and interim Prime Minister also …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Libyan Interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba Before Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE BERLIN MARRIOTT HOTEL BERLIN, GERMANY JUNE 24, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN: Prime Minister, welcome again. And I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to see you, to see the foreign minister, to see your delegation, especially after the very good, good day we had yesterday, which I think demonstrated again the very strong …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas at a Joint Press Availability

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS BERLIN, GERMANY JUNE 23, 2021 FOREIGN MINISTER MAAS:  (Via interpreter) Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the federal foreign office.  A very warm welcome to Berlin, dear Tony, or rather, welcome back.  After all, weren’t you in Europe only last week?  And during that visit, President Biden and your delegation underlined impressively …

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Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press Before the Berlin II Conference on Libya

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks to the Press Before the Berlin II Conference on Libya REMARKS TO THE PRESS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS BERLIN, GERMANY JUNE 23, 2021 SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Good afternoon, everyone.  It’s very, very good to be here in Berlin, especially good to be here because we have an important conference bringing together …

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The United States and Libya – FACT SHEET

The United States and Libya FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 23, 2021   “We applaud the Libyan people for their determination to restore unity to their country.” – Joint statement of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, March 11, 2021 Secretary Antony J. Blinken will participate in the Second Berlin Conference on Libya on June 23 in Berlin, underscoring U.S. …

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Department Press Briefing – June 21, 2021

Briefing with Acting Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Philip Reeker, Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues Cherrie Daniels, and Special Envoy for Libya Richard Norland on Secretary Blinken’s Upcoming Travel to Berlin, Paris, Rome, and Matera SPECIAL BRIEFING ACTING ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR EUROPEAN AND EURASIAN AFFAIRS PHILIP REEKER, SPECIAL ENVOY FOR HOLOCAUST ISSUES CHERRIE …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Libyan Interim Foreign Minister Mangoush

OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JUNE 17, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Libyan interim Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush. The Secretary and Foreign Minister discussed the upcoming June 23 Second Berlin Conference on Libya and underscored the importance of ensuring national elections are held …

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Statement on Sebha attack

The United States strongly condemns the attack in Sebha that claimed the lives of at least two Criminal Investigation Division officers, Captain Ibrahim Abdel Nabi Mana’ Khayali and Lieutenant Abbas Abubakr Ali Asherif, on Sunday.  As we await more detail regarding the deadly explosion, we are reminded that there are forces determined to undermine stability …

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Acting Assistant Secretary of State Joey Hood and Special Envoy Richard Norland Visit to Libya

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MAY 18, 2021 Acting Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood and Special Envoy for Libya Richard Norland visited Libya May 18 and underscored U.S. support for Libya’s December 2021 elections. This is the highest level diplomatic visit to Tripoli since 2014. Acting Assistant Secretary Hood and Ambassador …

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Acting Assistant Secretary of State Joey Hood’s statement to the media in Tripoli, May 18, 2021

(Arabic) Thank you very much. Madam Minister, thank you for the invitation and hospitality here in Tripoli. (English) We’re very happy to be here today with you. Today’s meetings demonstrate the commitment of the United States government and our strong diplomatic support … and our support for the progress the Libyan people have made towards …

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Appointment of Ambassador Richard Norland as U.S. Special Envoy for Libya 

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Statement by Ned Price, Spokesperson May 10, 2021  The Department of State is pleased to announce that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland will now also serve in the capacity of U.S. Special Envoy for Libya in addition to Chief of Mission for Libya.  In his role as U.S. Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts to promote international support …

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Joint statement from the embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US

A joint statement by the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US in Libya, regarding supporting Libyan institutions to prepare for elections as scheduled  The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US recall the fact that UNSCR 2570 called on the relevant Libyan authorities and institutions, including the GNU …

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Ambassador Norland and Tebu Leader Discuss Elections, Spread of Violence in the Region

Ambassador Norland met April 20 in Tunis with Tebu Congress President Issa Abdul Majeed Mansour.   They discussed the importance of holding elections as scheduled in December 2021 and of ensuring that all indigenous people are fairly represented in Libya’s political structures.   Drawing on his insights into Tebu dynamics in southern Libya and in Chad, Mr. Mansour …

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Ambassador Norland discusses December 24 elections with HNEC head Dr. Al-Sayah

Ambassador Norland and Dr. Emad Al-Sayah of the High National Elections Commission (HNEC) met April 6 in Tunis so the Ambassador could receive an update on planning for national elections on December 24, 2021.    Ambassador Norland congratulated Dr. Al-Sayah on preparations completed thus far, and on the highly competent, independent and apolitical way in which …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Libyan Interim Prime Minister Dabaiba

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 22, 2021 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke today with Libyan interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba and welcomed the establishment of the new interim Government of National Unity. Secretary Blinken and interim Prime Minister Dabaiba emphasized the importance of ending the …

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Ambassador Norland Congratulates Libyans on inauguration of new interim unity government

Ambassador Norland today attended the inauguration of the new interim unity government of Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba before the House of Representatives gathered in Tobruk.  Offering congratulations to the people of Libya, to Prime Minister Dabaiba and to HoR Speaker Agila Saleh, Ambassador Norland said the United States will support the government in addressing the pressing needs …

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Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Supporting Elections in Libya

MARCH 12, 2021 On behalf of President Biden, I congratulate the Libyan people on establishing a Government of National Unity that will guide Libya to national elections on December 24, 2021. All Libyans deserve this chance to choose their leaders through the democratic process, reestablish their sovereignty free from foreign interference and violence, and secure …

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Joint Statement by France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States on an Interim Government of National Unity in Libya

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON MARCH 11, 2021 France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America welcome the vote of confidence by the overwhelming majority of the members of the House of Representatives meeting in Sirte 8-10 March to endorse the cabinet chosen by Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dabaiba for an …

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House of Representatives Vote on a Libyan Interim Government of National Unity

PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 10, 2021 We welcome today’s vote of confidence by the House of Representatives in support of the slate of choices put forward by Interim Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dabaiba for an interim Government of National Unity. This is a milestone toward the fulfillment of the Libyan Political …

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Ambassador Norland presented NOC Chairman Sanalla with the Anti-Corruption Champion Award

Ambassador Richard Norland called National Oil Corporation (NOC) Chairman Mustafa Sanalla to present him with the Anti-Corruption Champion Award announced by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.  The Ambassador presented the award “virtually” during the call and promised to give it to the Chairman at their next opportunity to meet in person.  Chairman Sanalla’s transparent …

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U.S. Condemns Attack on Minister of Interior Bashaga

Ambassador Norland expressed U.S. outrage at the attack on Minister Bashaga, and offered sympathy to the wounded member of his team.  The Ambassador spoke by phone with the Minister.  “Minister Bashaga’s focus on ending the influence of rogue militias has our full support,” the Ambassador said, while calling for a speedy investigation to bring those responsible to …

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Congratulations for Prime Minister-elect Dabaiba

Ambassador Norland spoke today with Prime Minister-elect Abdul Hamid Dabaiba to congratulate him on the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum process. Ambassador Norland encouraged the Prime Minister-elect to identify a small, competent, technocratic Cabinet team that can quickly be granted confidence by the House of Representatives in accordance with the LPDF roadmap and …

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Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Turco Williams

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN February 6, 2021 Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Turco Williams The United States thanks Stephanie Turco Williams for her service in advancing peace as she departs her position as Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and …

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Joint Statement Welcoming the Agreement Reached by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release February 5, 2021 Joint Statement Welcoming the Agreement Reached by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum   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, …

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U.S. Embassy statement on the nomination of candidates for a new unified interim government

The U.S. Embassy congratulates the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) and all Libyans on the transparent nomination process for candidates to serve in the new and unified interim government, which will guide Libya toward elections on December 24, 2021.  We strongly support LPDF delegates as they gather on February 1-5 in Geneva to vote among these …

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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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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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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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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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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 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

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

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

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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

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

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

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U.S. Ambassador Norland Cautions Against Renewed Military Actions

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

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

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Situation in Libya

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The 10th U.S.-Libya Economic Dialogue

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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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U.S. Delegation Meets with General Khalifa Haftar

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Joint Statement on U.S.-Libya Security Dialogue

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U.S. Embassy visit to Benina, Libya

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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

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

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Statement by Ambassador Peter W. Bodde

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo: Situation in Libya

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Joint Statement on Fighting Near Gharyan, Libya

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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 …

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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 …

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Joint Statement on Libya

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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 …

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Ambassador Bodde’s Meeting in Libya

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Letter from President Donald J. Trump on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of Libya’s independence

Dear Mr. Prime Minister: Please accept my best wishes as you celebrate Libya’s 67th year of independence on December 24. The United States remains committed to supporting the Libyan people as they pursue an inclusive constitutional process and credible, peaceful, and well-prepared elections through the United Nations political process. We are proud to stand with …

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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 …

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

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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 …

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Palermo Conference on Libya – STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON

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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) …

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

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The United States and UN Sanction Libyan Militia Leader Ibrahim Jadhran

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Attack on Libya’s National Oil Corporation

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The United States and Libya sign several civilian security agreements

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Joint Statement on Libya

Joint Statement on Libya by the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Head of the EU Delegation to Libya On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Ambassadors of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson November 18, 2017 Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan’s Meeting with Libyan Prime Minister al-Sarraj The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Deputy Secretary Sullivan met with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj today in Tunis to affirm the United States’ continued partnership with Libya and the Government …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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) …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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