Libya's ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Ali Suleiman Aujali, will address members of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy organization and the Middle East Institute on U.S.-Libya relations, Libya's economic development and its involvement in Africa and the Middle East. Ali Suleiman Aujali became ambassador of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya to the United States January 6, 2009.
Prior to formally presenting his credentials, Ambassador Aujali was chief of the Libyan Interests Section, which recently became an accredited embassy in Washington. He took up that post in 2004 after having served as Libya's chargé d'affaires to Canada (2001-2004). Ambassador Aujali began serving his country in 1971 as third secretary at the Libyan Embassy in London. In 1976, he moved to the Libyan Embassy in Malaysia, where he served as first secretary until he was appointed ambassador in 1981. In 1984, he was appointed Libya's ambassador to Argentina, followed by a similar appointment in Brazil (1988-1994). While serving in Canada, Ambassador Aujali founded the Libya-Canada Business Council. When not on diplomatic assignments outside Libya, Ambassador Aujali has also held a number of positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including deputy director-general of the Americas Department (1994-1998), director-general of the North and South Americas Department (1998-2000) and director-general of European affairs (2000-2001).