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Lawrence Pope


Lawrence Pope, also known as Laurence Everett Pope II or Laurence Pope, is the envoy of the United States to Libya. The veteran diplomat has been appointed after the death of Christopher Stevens who was killed in an attack on the American embassy in Benghazi on 11 September 2012.

Lawrence Pope served as U.S. Ambassador to Chad and senior State Department counter-terrorism official in a career spanning for over 31 years. He retired in 2000 after President Clinton nominated him for Ambassador to Kuwait but he did not receive the appointment from Congress. Lawrence Pope came out of retirement in 2012 to take up the position in Libya.

Positions Served in

  • Director for Northern Gulf Affairs (1987–1990)
  • Associate Director for Counter-Terrorism (1991–1993)
  • U.S. Ambassador to Chad (1993–1996)Political Advisor to General Zinni USMC, Commander-in-Chief of United States Central Command (1997–2000)
  • Charge d'Affairs to Libya (2012-)

Envoy to Libya

Lawrence Pope's official position is "charge d'affairs", the title given to an envoy on the absence of an ambassador. He came out of retirement to take up the position.

Lawrence Pope arrived in Libya in the second week of October 2012. In the first comments made after arriving in Libya, Lawrence Pope, on 15 October 2012 said that the United States is committed to continue on the path of ambassador Christopher Stevens and to continue the U.S. policies in the country. "The United States remains deeply committed to supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people as they build a sovereign, stable and economically prosperous nation," he said.

Lawrence Pope held discussions with Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammed Abdulaziz. Speaking after his meeting, he said "The United States remains deeply committed to supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people as they build a sovereign, stable and economically prosperous nation," He said that the United States was determined to bring to justice the perpetrators of the attack which killed four Americans in the consulate attack.

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