WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez visited Libya in an effort to expand America's business ties with the North African country, the State Department said Tuesday.
During the visit, Fernandez, who was in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, from Monday to Tuesday, supported thirty American companies taking part in the first major U.S. trade mission to Libya in the post-Gaddafi era, the department said in a statement.
According to the statement, the U.S. diplomat on Monday gave a speech at the Oil and Gas Libya Trade Show about expanding U.S.- Libya commercial relationship, in addition to meeting with U.S. and Libyan business people and members of civil society.
Fernandez on Tuesday also held bilateral meetings with the government of Libya, met with administrators and students at Tripoli University, and gave a press conference prior to departure.
Representatives from more than 200 Libyan, Arabic and international energy enterprises have gathered in Tripoli to look for business opportunities in exploiting the country's oil and natural gas reserves.
Libyans battled hard last year to oust former longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi when many of the country's oil and gas facilities were damaged in the months-old civil war.