Libyan Official Condemns US Ambassador’s Role in Libya


Member of the High Council of State (HCS), Saad Bin Sherada, said that the United States (US) Ambassador, Richard Norland, did not want to stabilise Libya from the beginning.

In press statements, Bin Sherada added that Norland was the first to stand against the intra-Libyan agreement last February under the pretext of “lack of transparency.”

Bin Sherada said, “we do not blame the American Ambassador for his negative interventions in Libya as much as we blame ourselves because we are the ones who opened the doors to the ambassadors of foreign countries by their association with civil institutions, municipalities and youth groups in the country.”

He added that the solution today is to close the ears of the Libyans to the statements of the Ambassadors of the countries interfering in Libyan affairs, which have confused the scene a lot since 2014.

Last June, Members of the Libyan HCS announced their rejection of recent statements by the US Ambassador, Richard Norland, as “interference in the manner and mechanism of holding elections.”

The members stressed the need to “abide by the norms and laws regulating diplomatic work in Libya.” They also affirmed their refusal to “mortgage Libya’s resources to any foreign country in any way, including the vague mechanism that some are talking about regarding managing financial returns.”

They described this as “a violation of Libyan sovereignty,” warning the sovereign financial institutions against “any step that leads to mortgaging the state’s resources under any name.”

The members reiterated their adherence to “the consensual path reached through the legitimate institutions chosen by the Libyan government.”

They also emphasised that “the Libyan government is the only one entrusted with managing financial resources, according to the budget approved by the Libyan Parliament.”