The United States has a strategic interest in a stable and prosperous Libya, and supports Libya’s democratic transition in cooperation with the UN and other international partners. The United States is focused on promoting the ability of Libyans to maintain a unified and inclusive government that can both secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of the Libyan people.
U.S. Assistance to Libya
The United States is committed to providing targeted assistance to build Libyan institutions, promote political reconciliation, and increase Libya’s capacity to govern effectively by holding free and fair elections, securing Libya’s territory, and managing public finances transparently and responsibly. Investing in Libya’s future will help advance Libya’s democratic transition, promote stability, and strengthen the U.S.-Libya partnership. The United States works with the national government, municipal councils, entrepreneurs, and a range of civil society groups, including those representing women and marginalized communities, in their efforts to improve Libyan lives.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Oil revenues constitute Libya’s principal source of foreign exchange. Many U.S. companies, particularly in the oil sector, have long-standing investments in Libya. Two-way trade in goods between the United States and Libya totaled nearly $400 million in 2015. The United States also has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, of which Libya is a member.
Libya’s Membership in International Organizations
Libya and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Libya is an observer to the World Trade Organization.
Peter W. Bodde currently serves as Ambassador.
Libya maintains an embassy in the United States at 2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington DC 20037 (tel: 202-944-9601).
More information about Libya is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
- Department of State Libya Country Page
- Department of State Key Officers List (PDF 2.6 MB)
- U.S. Embassy
- USAID Libya Page
- History of U.S. Relations With Libya
- Trafficking in Persons Reports
- Narcotics Control Reports
- U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
- Export.gov International Offices Page
- Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page
- Library of Congress Country Studies
- Travel Information