The United States has a strategic interest in a stable and prosperous Libya, and in cooperation with the UN and other international partners supports Libya’s democratic transition. The United States is focused on promoting the ability of Libyans to maintain a unified and inclusive government that can both secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of the Libyan people.
U.S. Assistance to Libya
The United States is committed to providing targeted assistance to build Libyan institutions, promote political reconciliation, 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.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Oil revenues constitute Libya’s principal source of foreign exchange. Many U.S. companies, particularly in the oil 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 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.”
U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland assumed duties in August 2019; other 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:
USAID Libya Page
History of U.S. Relations With Libya
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Page
Library of Congress Country Studies