US government experts reportedly met with Libyan officials over the weekend, according to a statement issued by the US embassy in Tripoli, as reported in the Libyan press. The embassy convened a meeting of experts with representatives of the Tripoli-based Presidential Council to determine concrete steps to eliminate militia activity in the country. The embassy statement said the US appreciated the Presidential Council’s willingness to address these issues and take measures to stop the activity of and disband the violent groups.
"These talks come at a time when toxic foreign intervention threatens to undermine the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Libya and escalate the situation into a wider regional conflict." The statement read.
The US remains convinced that long term stability can only be achieved through a return to political negotiations and the establishment of a unified government. The embassy added that these efforts must serve as a “basis for future discussions among all Libyan parties… (in order to ) support UN led negotiations”.