US Aspires to Strengthen Relations with Libya


The Chargé d’Affaires of the United States (US) Embassy to Libya, Leslie Ordman, expressed his aspiration to strengthen relations with Libya.

In a video posted on the US Embassy’s Facebook page, Ordman said, “we look forward to furthering enhance our strong partnership with Libyans nationwide to support your efforts to creating a stable and prosperous future for your country.”

He added that the year 2022 was a year full of engagement, promoting cultural and educational exchanges, economic development, and civic engagement throughout Libya.

Notably, the US Embassy in Libya called on all actors in Libya, including the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) to agree swiftly on a constitutional basis.

In a statement, the US Embassy congratulated Libya on its Independence Day. It noted, “with concern that one year has passed since the postponement of the scheduled elections in Libya on 24 December 2021.”

It stated that “free, fair, transparent, and inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections as soon as possible, across the country, remain the clear will and aspiration of the Libyan people. They deserve a unified and democratically-elected government that can govern for the good of the whole country and its people, as well as a legislature with a renewed mandate.”

“We, therefore, call on all Libyan actors and key stakeholders to work with Abdoulaye Bathily, through compromise and constructive engagement, to fulfil their responsibilities to the Libyan people in order to deliver long-term stability, security, and prosperity. We stand ready to work with all sides in support of these aims and we reiterate our support for Bathily’s efforts,” the US embassy added.

It called on all actors, including the Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh and the Head of the HCS, Khaled Al-Mishri to “come together under United Nations (UN) auspices to agree swiftly on the constitutional basis. If the two institutions cannot reach an agreement swiftly on a credible electoral roadmap, alternative mechanisms can, and should be used to adopt a constitutional basis for elections. At the same time, we also commit to supporting inclusive intra-Libyan dialogue under UN auspices.”