US Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland was in Tripoli June 28-29 for meetings focused on US support for moving beyond the transitional phase in Libya to an elected, unified government. During this first overnight visit to Tripoli by a US Amb in several years, Amb Norland met with GNU PM al-Dabaiba, President of the PC Mohamed al-Menfi, along with VPs Moussa al-Kouni and Abdallah al-Lafi, GNU FM Najla al-Mangoush, as well as NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla, and HNEC Head Dr. Emad al-Sayeh. Amb Norland said, “The US continues to support the vast majority of Libyans who expect elections and demand that the country’s oil wealth be managed responsibly. While the ceasefire and dialogue have continued, it is alarming that some narrow interests are using the oil sector as a weapon. Read more from the US Embassy in Libya.
On June 5th, the UK’s Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall, announced the reopening of the British Embassy in Tripoli after an eight-year hiatus. Amb Hurndall assured Libyans that although the Embassy is based in Tripoli, this move is a demonstration of the UK’s commitment to the whole of the country. In the Ambassador’s opening remarks at the ceremony, she said she is “especially proud that British businesses are collaborating with Libyan companies and having a meaningful impact on Libya’s economic development… If Libya is to fulfill her political and economic potential, Libya’s leaders must continue to implement the October Ceasefire Agreement, work together, and pursue compromise, cooperation, and concord. The people of Libya deserve this,” she concluded. Read more from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.