At a reception on Sunday hosted by the US Embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, marking the reopening of the embassy’s consular section, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens announced that the office was to resume full services on August 27, offering a full range of consular services regarding issuing of US visas and assistance to Americans living in or visiting Libya.
At a reception on Sunday hosted by the US Embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, marking the reopening of the embassy’s consular section, US Ambassador Christopher Stevens announced
that the office was to resume full services on Monday (August 27), offering a full range of consular services regarding issuing of US visas and assistance to Americans living in or visiting Libya.
In his inaugural speech, in the presence of several journalists and representatives of the Libyan foreign ministry, Ambassador Stevens said: “Since returning to Libya as ambassador in May, the one question I have heard almost every day from Libyans is: when are you going to start issuing visas again? Now, at last, you have your answer – tomorrow (Monday).”
Mr Stevens also gave several examples of opportunities that the reopening of the consular section will create, including working with the Minister of Higher Education to expand English language at university-level opportunities for Libyans, both in Libya and in the United States. He said the plan is, to send “hundreds of Libyans to visit the US, on academic and professional exchange programmes.”
He went on to say: “We are also supporting travelling exchanges between Libyans and Americans in other areas, such as the development of civil society and the promotion of trade.”
He congratulating the US embassy’s new consul Jenny Cordell, and mentioned a few of the activities that the US embassy has already undertaken to provide opportunities for Libyans in the United States.
“The reopening of our consular section will create new opportunities for deepening the ties between our two countries.” Mr Stevens said, as he described the recommencement of the consular service an “important milestone” in developing relations between Libya and the US
He added that “Relationships between governments are important, but relationships between people are the real foundation of mutual understanding.”
The US Ambassador's comments indicate a promising potential future for relations between the two countries. He also ended his speech on a very positive note saying: “So, my message to Libyans today, is Ahlan Wa Sahlan Bikom, you’re welcome to visit America and there is the door. Thank you.”
The US Embassy in Tripoli reopened last September, offering emergency services for US citizens after it was closed for several months during the fighting that ousted longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.