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US names Richard Norland as special envoy for Libya

May 11, 2021
The United States on Monday named Richard Norland, US ambassador to Libya, as the US special envoy for the war-wrecked country. — Courtesy file photo
The United States on Monday named Richard Norland, US ambassador to Libya, as the US special envoy for the war-wrecked country. — Courtesy file photo

Saudi Gazette report

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday named Richard Norland, US ambassador to Libya, as the US special envoy for the war-wrecked country, Ned Price, the spokesperson of the US Department of State said in a statement on Monday.

“In his role as US Special Envoy, Ambassador Norland will lead US diplomatic efforts to promote international support for a Libyan-led, inclusive, and negotiated political solution to the conflict, facilitated through the UN,” Price said in the statement.

According to the statement, Norland, a career diplomat and a three-time ambassador, has served as Chief of Mission at the Libya External Office in Tunis since August 2019. 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.

“Ambassador Norland also will work closely with interagency colleagues in Washington, civil society, and humanitarian partners to further the US role in actively supporting the Libyan people as they seek lasting peace, security, and prosperity in their country. The US Special Envoy will also keep Congress closely informed of our efforts, the statement added.

In the statement, the Department of State congratulated Norland on his new and expanded role in leading US efforts in Libya and internationally to support a political solution to the Libyan conflict.


May 11, 2021
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