The U.S. is to continue its support for Libya’s civil aviation sector and airport security with US$ 4.5 million training grant.
The news was revealed yesterday after a meeting of the Libyan Ministry of Transport steering committee assigned to follow up on the work of the U.S. training company, Culmen International, was held last Thursday, 25 January.
The meeting was chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transportation for Air Transport Khaled Swesi and attended by the American Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland and the US Deputy Secretary of State Harris and Charge d’Affaires Berndt.
During the meeting, in which the Airports Authority participated, it was agreed that the American Embassy would continue its support for the Ministry of Transport by assigning Culmen International to implement specialized training programmes in aviation and airport security through the centre that was established in Libya.
It was also agreed that the U.S. would allocate US$ 4.5 million to train employees of Sebha Airport, as it is the main airport in southern Libya.
For its part, the US Embassy, Libya’s Transport Ministry reported, confirmed that this funding will contribute to supporting Libyan airports and efforts to enhance stability, in addition to creating more investment and economic opportunities in the south of the country.
Tweeting on the meeting, the U.S. Embassy said ‘‘The goal is to build Libya’s connections internally and with the rest of the world. Under this framework, the United States is providing an additional $4.5 million for Sebha Airport through the State Department’s Bureau of Counter Terrorism’s Libya Aviation and Airport Security Program.’’
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