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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.

U.S.-LIBYA RELATIONS

The United States supports an immediate end to Libya’s ongoing conflict through mediation efforts under the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The United States is committed to ensuring a stable and prosperous Libya, and in cooperation with the UN and other international partners supports Libya’s democratic transition, including through national elections. The United States is focused on promoting the ability of Libyans to achieve 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. Since 2011, the United States has provided more than $840 million in assistance for Libya.

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.

Bilateral Representation

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:

U.S. Embassy
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 
Travel Information

U.S. Department of State

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