May 10, 2017 Set to be the new date for the Washington Conference on "U.S. Libya Relations 2017
We are pleased to announce that May 10, 2017 will be the new date for our annual conference "U.S. Libya
Relations 2017". The conference which was to be held February 16, will now be held in Washington DC at the Rayburn Building of the U.S. House of Representatives In banquet rooms 2043-44 from 8:00 - 16:00.
The program will cover topics on understanding the current political and security situation in Libya, status of the oil and gas and other industries and investment opportunities, and its risks.
The original date of February 16 was temporarily postponed as a result of the presidential executive decision banning Libyan passport holder from entering into the U.S. This rendered it difficult for our invited Libyan and international speakers, sponsors and participants to be with us at the February date. Our efforts to secure exceptions for visas was hampered by the absence of a functional administration ready to respond and deal effectively with the untoward effects of this ban and leaving very little time to rearrange other logistics.
In addition to the inconvenience and disruption of the functions and objectives of the conference which was designed to study current situation in Libya and U.S. Libya Relations and propose more educated measures to stabilize the country and future U.S. positions on Libya, this presidential executive order and the resultant postponement had caused a financial and manpower burden to our organization. With the several recent Federal court decisions blocking the ban we now feel confident enough to proceed with our conference on the new designated date of May 10, 2017.
And while we may understand the importance of homeland security, we believe that it would be essential in the future for the new Trump team to avoid the appearance of discrimination against Muslims and to better anticipate the implications of any future decision on the American people and institutions.
We invite the new U.S. administration to engage with the National Council on US Libya Relations and the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations in this coming conference and to encourage the role of citizens diplomacy in promoting better relations between the U.S. and Libya and to support the efforts of stabilization and institution building in Libya.