Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman (March 15, 2010)
Tripoli - Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Jeffrey D. Feltman, visited Libya on a two-day visit on March 15th and 16th. Assistant Secretary Feltman was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs on August 18, 2009, and in this capacity is responsible for managing and implementing U.S. foreign policy throughout North Africa and the Middle East. The trip was Assistant Secretary Feltman's third to Libya in the past eight months.
Assistant Secretary Feltman's purpose in visiting Libya was to advance the bilateral relationship and to exchange views regarding the upcoming Arab League Summit. Assistant Secretary Feltman met with Libyan Foreign Minister Musa Kusa, as well as other representatives of the Libyan General People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation.
On Tuesday morning, Assistant Secretary Feltman and U.S. Ambassador to Libya Gene A. Cretz hosted a breakfast meeting with Arab Ambassadors to Libya. The focus of their discussion was the upcoming Arab League Summit, which Libya will host in the city of Sirte March 27th - 29th, 2010. Representatives from twelve Arab nations attended the breakfast and shared their views on various regional issues, including the Middle East Peace Process.
Assistant Secretary Feltman also held a Town Hall gathering, attended by American and Locally Engaged Staff in the Embassy's newly renovated office space in downtown Tripoli. Assistant Secretary Feltman answered questions from Embassy employees on a wide range of issues including security, international affairs, and State Department procedures and training.
Assistant Secretary Feltman concluded his visit to Libya by hosting a Press Roundtable event attended by local and international media correspondents. The coverage of the Press Roundtable was extensive and featured television crews from Al Jazeera, Shabbabiya, and Jamahariya-2 channels. Press correspondents from Reuters, JANA, AP, al-Fajr Al-Jadeed, Al-Shams, and ANSA also participated. Assistant Secretary Feltman, commented on the productive talks that he held with Libyan officials, and stated that the American-Libyan relationship is moving in a positive direction and that both his visit and the recent visit of a high level U.S. Trade Mission were the most recent examples of America's commitment to the bilateral relationship with Libya. Click Here for the Biography of Assistant Secretary Feltman