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President Trump Meets with Libyan Prime Minister and Libyan Ambassador Wafa Bugaighis at the White House

US-LBA | December 1, 2017

 Washington D.C. – On Wednesday, November 29th, Libyan Chargée d’Affaires Wafa Bugaighis officially presented her credentials to President Trump to become confirmed as the State of Libya’s Ambassador to the United States.  USLBA applauds this long-awaited step.

In a statement, Executive Director Jason Pack said, “Ambassador Bugaighis deserves our gratitude for all of her efforts in forwarding the U.S.-Libyan relationship. She is a true public servant of Libya. Despite suffering familial tragedy, she continued to selflessly serve her country, rather than a specific faction within it. She has remained fiercely loyal to rebuilding the government of Libya — even as different entities have occupied that position. At post in Washington, her work has been characterized by tenacity, mixed with grace, in the pursuit of the core interests that unite all Libyans. It is a privilege and an honor for USLBA and its member companies to work with Ambassador Bugaighis.”

Today, December 1st, is a truly historic day in the annals of the U.S.-Libyan relationship. It is the second time since Libya’s independence on Christmas Eve in 1951 that a sitting Libyan Head of State has been formally received at the White House by a U.S. president. USLBA applauds this great step forward in U.S.-Libyan relations and hopes that out of this positive engagement comes increasing governmental and commercial ties.