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United States ramps up Libyan engagement

The Biden administration has just appointed its first special envoy for Libya and sent Assistant Secretary of State Joey Hood to visit the North African nation.
Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh (R) shakes hands with a US State Department official as senior official Joey Hood (C) watches, during a visit by US officials to Libya in a show of support for the country's transitional government, Tripoli, Libya, May 18, 2021.

The Biden administration just appointed its first special envoy for Libya. Ambassador Richard Norland, who has been the United States’ ambassador to the North African country since August 2019. He will now double as a special envoy. 

Out of the US Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia, Libya’s western neighbor, Norland has been vocal on Libyan affairs, regularly visiting the country and tweeting, almost daily, about its politics. At one point he seemed to be the only American diplomat closely following the Libyan conflict while the Trump administration appeared to be distancing itself. 

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