U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland appointed Special Envoy for Libya

By Sami Zaptia.

Richard Norland has become the U.S. Special Envoy for Libya (Photo: U.S. embassy Tripoli).

London, 11 May 2021:  

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Richard Norland has also been appointed as Special Envoy to Libya, the U.S. State Department announced yesterday:

‚Äė‚ÄėThe Department of State is pleased to announce that¬†U.S.¬†Ambassador¬†to Libya¬†Richard Norland will now¬†also¬†serve in the capacity¬†of¬†U.S.¬†Special Envoy for Libya in addition to Chief of Mission for Libya.¬† In his role as¬†U.S.¬†Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead U.S. diplomatic efforts to¬†promote¬†international support for a Libyan-led, inclusive, and negotiated political solution to the conflict, facilitated through the UN.

Ambassador Norland, a Career Minister in the Foreign Service and a three-time ambassador, has served as Chief of Mission at the Libya External Office in Tunis since August 2019.  The addition of the U.S. Special Envoy role to Ambassador Norland’s Chief of Mission responsibilities signifies the importance the United States attaches to focused, high-level diplomatic outreach in support of the Libyan political process culminating in elections on December 24, 2021.  He will work closely with key partners to strengthen efforts to keep the political process on track and ensure the removal of foreign forces from Libya.’’

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