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AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, met with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 1 of 8: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya are greeted by Libyan miltary officials during their recent visit to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 2 of 8: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya are greeted by Libyan miltary officials during their recent visit to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya greet members of the Libyan Army during their recent visit to Libya to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 3 of 8: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya greet members of the Libyan Army during their recent visit to Libya to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
Libyan military members await the arrival of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during a visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 4 of 8: Libyan military members await the arrival of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during a visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, and other government officials during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 5 of 8: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, and other government officials during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
The Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj held a media engagement along with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during their visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 6 of 8: The Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj held a media engagement along with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during their visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
Amb, Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Bodde was joined by U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Walhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 7 of 8: Amb, Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Bodde was joined by U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Walhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Waldhauser was joined by Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya . This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
8 photos: AFRICOM Commander visits Libyan Prime Minister in Tripoli, Libya
Photo 8 of 8: U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Waldhauser was joined by Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya . This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya are greeted by Libyan miltary officials during their recent visit to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya greet members of the Libyan Army during their recent visit to Libya to meet with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
Libyan military members await the arrival of U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during a visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, meets with Fayez al-Sarraj the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government, and other government officials during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
The Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj held a media engagement along with U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, during their visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
Amb, Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Bodde was joined by U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Walhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command. This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, spoke during a media engagement hosted by the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al -Sarraj during a recent visit to Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017. Waldhauser was joined by Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya . This marks the first time a a high ranking U.S. military official has been in Libya since 2014.

STUTTGART, GERMANY (May 23, 2017) -- U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Amb. Peter Bodde, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, met with the Prime Minister of Libya's Unity Government Fayez al-Sarraj in Tripoli, Libya May 23, 2017.

During the meeting, Waldhauser and Bodde updated Sarraj on issues and concerns previously discussed during earlier meetings. These topics included potential future defense institution building efforts and security force assistance.

"The U.S. Africa Command continues to collaborate with Government of National Accord (GNA) security officials on ways we can support those forces charged with security Tripoli," said Waldhauser. "We support partner operations, including the European Union Border Assistance mission in Libya and Operation Sophia which trains for border security."

Prior to the visit to Libya, Sarraj visited AFRICOM headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany on two previous occasions, but this was the first time for the officials to meet in Tripoli. The last meeting took place in Stuttgart on April 6, 2017.

This visit to Libya marks the first time a high ranking U.S. military official has visited Libya since 2014.

During previous meetings, Waldhauser and Sarraj discussed Operation Odyssey Lightning, operational updates and future U.S. cooperation plans in Libya. However, the focus of this third meeting was to applaud Sarraj on all of the work he's done with combating ISIS and other terrorist groups as well as to reiterate the U.S. support of Libya as a unified, secure and prosperous state of government.

"We commend Prime Minister al-Sarraj for taking important steps in the process of restoring unified governance to Libya," said Waldhauser.

"This visit today demonstrates the commitment of the United States to a partnership with Prime Minister Sarraj and the Government of National Accord," said Bodde. "We urge all Libyans to join together in a shared effort to ensure their mutual security and prosperity."

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