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UK Apologises over Treatment of Libyan Dissident

By John Lee. The British government has apologised to Libyan dissident and his wife who were detained and handed over to the Gaddafi regime in 2004. Prime Minister Theresa May said Abdul Hakim Belhaj (pictured) and Fatima Boudchar, who was pregnant at the time, had suffered “appalling treatment” after they were kidnapped in Thailand by US […]

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program 2019/2020

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program offers a full year length scholarship to mid-level professionals from Libya who have a proven record of leadership, commitment to public service, and the capacity to take full advantage of a self-defined program of independent study at a leading U.S. university. This is not a degree-granting program, but is intended […]

US, Libya sign Civilian Security Agreements

US Charge d’Affaires Stephanie Williams and Libyan Under Secretary for Political Affairs Lutfi Almughrabi signed a Memorandum of Intent for airport security, and a Letter of Agreement to support Libyan policing, corrections and justice sector development, in the presence of Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala and hosted by Ambassador Maaloul at the Libyan Embassy to […]

Executive Director of USLBA Resigns

By John Lee. The US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) has announced that its Executive Director, Jason Pack, has tendered his resignation. The statement continues: “In choosing to step down, he cited differences of opinion about which courses ahead for the Association would best serve the interests of the US-Libya bilateral relationship as well as USLBA member […]

GNA to examine Total-Marathon Deal

By John Lee. According to a report from Reuters, Libya is considering whether to intervene in Total‘s $450-million deal to buy Marathon Oil’s stake in the Waha oil field. Officials told the news agency that the National Oil Corporation (NOC) may be interested in buying the 16.33-percent stake, possibly with funds from Libya’s $67-billion sovereign wealth […]

Oil Smuggling costs Libya $750m/yr

Mustafa Sanalla (pictured), Chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), used a keynote speech to the global oil industry to demand a series of measures be taken to save the industry and his country from the significant economic and societal damage wreaked by endemic fuel smuggling. To an audience of industry experts at the inaugural […]

US Firms meet with Libya Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF)

U.S. Companies meet with Libya Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) to promote Libya’s economy On March 22, the U.S. Embassy Libya External Office, based in Tunis, and the Libya Local Investment & Development Fund (LLIDF) co-hosted a U.S.-Libya commercial roundtable, bringing together representatives of U.S. companies to learn about LLIDF’s priorities on private sector […]

Airstrike Kills 2 Militants

By John Lee. The U.S. military’s Africa Command (Africom) has reportedly launched an airstrike near the town of Ubari on Saturday, killing two militants. No civilians were reported to have been killed in the offensive, which was part of efforts to “disrupt and destroy terrorist organizations.” The Islamic State group (IS, ISIS ISIL, Daesh) was driven […]