As the United States returns to Libya, Biden officials launch a new national campaign to liberate the country from the violent struggle and make plans to reopen the US Embassy in Tripoli seven years after the closure.
Last week, a top US official who had been visiting the country since 2014 arrived in Tripoli, and officials sent a delegation to work hard to open an embassy, two sources familiar with the matter said.
The move is contrary to Trump's administration, which has chosen not to put pressure on governments - including U.S. allies. - backed delegates in the Libyan civil war by openly violating the UN arms embargo.
The United Arab Emirates, Russia, Egypt and Turkey have combined weapons, money and tens of thousands of soldiers competing in the country's civil war, according to the United Nations, fueling possible regional terrorism and the migration problem of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea for asylum in Europe.
A March report by the UN expert team described free independence for all people inside the country as foreign power flew in drones, transport planes, ups and downs, military and armored vehicles, and troops from Chad, Sudan and Syria.
Or do you think the reopening of the US Embassy carries with it political risks in the administration of Biden, however. U.S. authorities They commemorate the violence that erupted in Washington after the US embassy attack on the Libyan city of Benghazi in 2012, in which the US ambassador Chris Stevens died. The Republicans have launched six investigations into the Obama administration's handling of the episode.
The burnt building at the US Consulate compound in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi in September 2012. Gianluigi Guercia / AFP via Getty Images file
Asked about the future of the embassy in Tripoli, the State Department declined to comment on when the equipment would reopen its doors.
"Our intention is to resume operations in Libya as soon as the security situation permits and we have the necessary security measures in place," said a State Department spokesman. "The process to make that happen, however, involves better security planning, as well as integrating security and legal mechanisms."
The European Union reopened its operation in Libya last week, with some governments resuming their diplomatic missions since March, expressing support for the transitional government established after the UN fire in October.
Libya's ambassador to the United States, Mohammed Ali Abdallah, said his government had urged Bidenan officials to continue with plans to open a U.S. embassy in the U.S., saying it would send an important symbolic message.
"We called on the US government to speed up the reopening of the Tripoli embassy," he said.
The embassy was closed in 2014 when officials decided that fighting near the city made working in the capital unsafe. The embassy was moved to neighboring Tunisia.
Deputy Secretary of State Joey Hood, left, accompanies Libyan Foreign Minister Najla el-Mangoush upon his arrival in Tripoli, Libya, May 18. Hazem Ahmed / Reuters file
In the wake of the Benghazi attack and embassy closure, Obama officials have encouraged visits by top US officials to Libya. The decision was "not a waste of time," said a senior Obama administration official working on the region's crisis.
The embassy helps inform the government at home and deals with a variety of tasks, including the services of a lawyer, assistance with U.S. companies. Interested in investing and building partnerships with the military and intelligence services.
Working without an ambassador puts the government at risk and deprives us of a full picture of the situation on the ground, said a former U.S. official.
"It's a shame we're not there," the official said. "It's bad for U.S. foreign policy. It's bad for U.S. national security. It's bad for the host country. It's bad for the region."
Western governments believe that the end of the war, the interim government and the December elections give a glimmer of hope for a country that has been shrinking since the fall of apartheid Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
After a NATO-backed coup overthrew Gaddafi a decade ago, Libya was divided between the UN-recognized government in Tripoli and rival factions in the east with foreign-backed support. Former Libyan general secretary Khalifa Hifter, backed by Russia, the UAE and Egypt, unveiled a stumbling block in April 2019 in a failed attempt to seize Tripoli. With significant military support from Turkey, the government defeated Hifter's forces, in part with the help of Muslims.
Under the termination of the agreement reached in October, governments promised to ensure the removal of all foreign troops and troops and to stop further violations of the UN arms embargo. But a recent UN report has made it clear that foreign troops are staying ground, and weapons continue to flow in the country.
Now the United States will have to pressure its allies - including the UAE - and opponents to stop meddling in Libya, said Ben Fishman, an official at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a Washington think tank.