US pledges $500,000 in security assistance to GNA

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The United States on Tuesday pledged $500,000 in security assistance to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

The announcement came following a visit by U.S. ambassador to Libya, Peter Bodde, and AFRICOM Commander Gen. Thomas Waldhause, to Tripoli where they met with GNA’s Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj.

The U.S. officials “affirmed Washington’s support for Libya as a unified, secure, and prosperous state under a government that can serve the Libyan people,” the U.S. Embassy in Libya said in a statement.

“The United States pledged $500,000 USD in rapid-response non-lethal assistance in support of Ministry of Interior efforts to strengthen the capacity of the Tripoli Security Directorate.”

“This new assistance complements the United States’  $30 million USD in ongoing security assistance in support of Government of National Accord priorities, including projects to provide training to the Tripoli Security Directorate, help implement international standards at key airports, improve Libya’s border security management capability, clear unexploded ordinance in Sirte, bolster security sector reform, and build coordination between relevant actors ahead of elections.”

The U.S. Embassy concluded the statement by reiterating support for a political solution in Libya sponsored by the United Nations.


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