Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs
January 7, 2016
The United States strongly condemns the January 7 bombing at a security training center in Zliten, Libya, as well as the attacks since January 4 on the oil terminals in Es Sidra and Ras Lanouf. Today’s attack - which targeted young people attending a graduation ceremony- reportedly killed as many as 65 people and injured many others. We extend our condolences to the families of those killed and injured. Violent extremists including ISIL-affiliated groups threaten all Libyans throughout the country. With their attacks on oil fields, they are threatening resources that belong to the Libyan people and that all Libyans must strive to protect for future generations.
These incidents stress again the urgent need for Libya’s new leaders to formalize the Government of National Accord (GNA), as outlined in the Libyan Political Agreement. This is a vital step to address the country’s critical humanitarian, economic, and security challenges.
The United States stands ready to help the new Presidency Council and other Libyan leaders implement the Libyan Political Agreement. We are committed to providing the unified government full political backing and technical, economic, security and counter-terrorism assistance.