The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The United States ambassador to Libya, Peter W. Bodde, and Commander of United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), Thomas D. Waldhauser, held a meeting on Tuesday with a number of ministers of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), at Tripoli’s naval base.
According to a statement by GNA’s Interior Ministry, among the ministers who attended the meeting were Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, Transport Minister Milad Matouq, Finance Minister Faraj Boumtari, as well as director of Tripoli’s Attorney General Investigation Office, Saddik al-Sour.
During the meeting, interlocutors discussed the latest developments in Libya. Waldhauser reiterated the need for political solution in Libya since it is “an important state within the region and the Mediterranean basin”. Waldhauser also stressed the need to “combat terrorism and fight it in all its shapes and forms at all times and places.”
In unannounced visit, Bodde and Waldhauser arrived on Tuesday to Tripoli where they met with GNA’s Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj.
Following the visit, 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,” according to a statement by U.S. embassy in Libya.