Our Relationship

The United States recognized the United Kingdom of Libya on December 24, 1951 in a congratulatory message sent by President Harry Truman to King Idris I on the occasion of Libya’s independence. The Mission is a linchpin in the U.S. effort to help Libyans form a unified government, to help Libya fight terrorism, and to work with Libya to stabilize the economy. In 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli temporarily relocated to Tunis, Tunisia and is known as the “Libya External Office.”  As Chief of Mission Ambassador Peter Bodde puts it, “we do everything a normal embassy does, except with less staff and under challenging circumstances.”