By Sami Zaptia.
London, 31 January 2019:
The Presidency Council and Government of National Accord’s Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashaga, met with the US Chargé d’Affaires to Libya Peter Bodde yesterday.
The Libyan Interior Ministry reported that the meeting discussed the prospects for bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of security, especially in the fight against terrorism.
It said that Bashagha had stressed the need for cooperation between the two countries and the support of the Ministry of Interior in the fields of training and the rehabilitation of its security personnel.
It reported that the US Chargé d’Affaires expressed his satisfaction with the effort of the Interior Ministry in maintaining security and stability in Libya.
The Americans, on the other hand, reported that Bodde led an official delegation to Misrata for a meeting with the Minister of Interior Fathi Bashaga, Central Military Zone Commander Major-General Mohammad Haddad, and other military officials.
They said discussions focused on efforts to ensure that Libya’s security institutions are fully capable of providing security to the Libyan people.
They added that Bodde reiterated that the United States remains committed to a stable, unified Libya able to counter terrorism and deliver security and prosperity for all Libyans.
Update on 3 February 2019: We referred to Bodde as ambassador in line with the US embassy statement. However, Peter W. Bodde is former U.S. Ambassador to Libya.
He returned on November 15, 2018 to serve as Chargé d’Affaires to the Libya External Office in Tunis.