28/08/2019 – United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) said in a statement on Tuesday that he new commander, Gen. Stephen Townsend accompanied by the new U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, met in Tunis with Fayez Al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of Libya.
“The introductory meeting served as an opportunity to build new relationships and assess the situation in Libya. Topics of discussion included the security environment, the importance of addressing the existing violent extremist organization threat, and the need to resolve the conflict in Libya.” AFRICOM said.
“We emphasized to Prime Minister Sarraj the importance of supporting a diplomatic solution to put an end to the current conflict,” said Townsend.
To further this point, Townsend and Norland will later meet with Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Ghassan Salame. Townsend will discuss ways the U.S. military might continue to cooperate with the UN in support of a political settlement in Libya.
Sahel-Elite | Image: Meeting in Tunisia for Al-Sirraj with US AFRICOM commander. [Photo: AFRICOM]