More information about Libya is available on the Libya Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States supports Libyan efforts to build a unified and inclusive government that can both secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of the Libyan people. The United States works with the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and other international partners to support Libya’s democratic transition, including through national elections.
U.S. Assistance to Libya
The United States is committed to providing targeted assistance to build Libyan institutions, promote political reconciliation, respond to humanitarian needs, 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. Since 2011, the United States has provided over $900 million in assistance for Libya, including nearly $275 million for humanitarian assistance.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The energy sector is central to Libya’s economy, and oil and gas revenues constitute the principal source of foreign exchange, underscoring the importance for the sector to continue operating nationwide. Many U.S. companies, particularly in the energy sector, have long-standing investments in Libya. Two-way trade in goods between the United States and Libya totaled more than $1.1 billion in 2019. 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 also an observer to the World Trade Organization.
In 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli temporarily relocated to Tunis, Tunisia and is known as the “Libya External Office.”
Principal embassy officials are listed in the Department’s Key Officers List.
Libya maintains an embassy in the United States at 1460 Dahlia Street NW, Washington, DC 20012 (tel: 202-944-9601).
More information about Libya is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here: