The Address | Benghazi – Libya
WASHINGTON – Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Thomas D. Waldhauser, testified on Friday before the Senate Armed Services Committee and will testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the coming weeks as part of the command’s annual Posture Statement to Congress.
AFRICOM’s approach in Libya is to “contain instability brought on by the lack of a unifying government and the presence of violent extremist organizations,” said Waldhauser.
“The approach is focused on using the military tool to advance diplomacy, conduct operations to degrade violent extremist organizations, improve the security architecture of the Libyan Government of National Accord, and, once a political reconciliation is achieved, strengthen the national security forces of a recognized Libyan government.”
“Second, every effort is made to prevent widespread civil conflict that would threaten security and stability. Finally, U.S. Africa Command supports the political reconciliation process by providing security to facilitate diplomatic engagements in Libya.”
Waldhauser pointed out that AFRICOM, in cooperation with the Libya External Office of the U.S. Embassy to Libya, “conducts engagements with Libyan political and military leaders to bolster relationships and maintain progress toward reconciliation.”
“U.S. Africa Command stands firmly with and supports the efforts of the United Nations as it leads the political reconciliation process, the immediate next step for Libyan stability.” He concluded.