The Honorable Nuri Abu Sahmayn
President, General National Congress of Libya
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 705
Washington, DC 20037
Dear President Sahmayn:
As you know, on September 11, 2012, terrorists in Benghazi murdered four brave Americans. While our two governments have a shared interest in promoting justice and fighting terrorism in Libya, according to a September 9 New York Times article, your government "has rebuffed the Obama administration's efforts to arrest the suspects." We write to urge the Libyan government to fully cooperate with the United States government and take all possible steps to bring the suspects into custody.
The violent Islamists based in eastern Libya represent a threat not only to the United States, but also to your government. We must not leave terrorists throughout the region with the impression that they can kill innocent people and escape the consequences. Such a conclusion would undermine Libya's efforts to build a secure and stable future.
In 2011, the United States played an important role in protecting the Libyan people from Qaddafi and providing Libyans an opportunity to establish a democratic government. Since then, the United States has been a close partner as Libya navigates the difficult transition to a stable constitutional democracy.
Our relationship is grounded in common respect for the rule of law and justice. Yet, allowing the terrorists who murdered four Americans in Benghazi to roam free is inconsistent with these principles.
We are strong advocates for the bilateral relationship between our two countries. However, a lack of cooperation by the Libyan government in bringing the Benghazi suspects into custody could threaten our relationship in the future.
If your government lacks information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the suspects-or lacks the capabilities to bring them into custody-we urge you to request the necessary information or assistance from the U.S. government.
A year ago today, terrorists took the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, and Tyrone Woods. There is nothing we can do to bring them back. However, our two governments-working together-can and must do more to bring their murderers to justice. Twelve months later, the families of these brave Americans are still waiting for justice-they should not have to wait a day longer.
In that spirit, we demand justice and request an update on the Libyan government's efforts to bring the suspects into custody. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything we can do to assist your efforts.