US State Department seeks reopening of embassy in Tripoli to counter Russian influence

Mar 11, 2024 | International actors

On 11 March, CNN reported that in its fiscal year 2025 request, the US State Department has asked for $12.7 million ‘to enable a potential resumption of embassy operations in Libya, providing operational expenses for a planned Diplomatic Travel and Support Operations Facility as well as increased utilization of dedicated aircraft stationed in Malta for flights to Tripoli.’ It explains that ‘With Russia’s influence rising on NATO’s southern flank, US presence with trips into Libya is vital to preserving our long-term security interests.’ A State Department official said on 11 March that the US is in ‘active negotiations for an interim facility that would provide appropriate security and staffing support’ in the capital city of Tripoli.