U.S. will continue supporting Libyan efforts to secure weapons

The U.S. will continue to support Libya in securing the enormous stockpiles of weapons left by the ousted regime of Muammar Qadhafi, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the statement on Tuesday during her daily press briefing. Harf responded to a question about a recent report that 400 U.S. missiles are presumed missing on the way through Turkey to Syria. She said she did not have anything specific on the report, but she mentioned the security vacuum in Libya where stockpiles of weapons are at risk in the region.

Harf said the U.S. will assist Libya in the effort to support securing the conventional weapons through technical assistance.

"Following the 2011 revolution, the ousted Qadhafi regime, as we know, left enormous stockpiles of unsecured conventional weapons in a security vacuum that threatened regional stability," Harf said. "We're going to continue supporting the Libyans in their efforts to securing these weapons and stabilizing their country by providing technical assistance in the areas of border security and disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration."

Harf noted the large contributions made by the U.S. to Libya to help secure and disable stockpiles of weapons and ammunition.

"We have committed approximately $400 million to assist the government of Libya in securing and disabling stockpiles of at-risk conventional weapons and ammunition," Harf said. "I don't have anything specific on that report for you, except to say that clearly there was a security vacuum where a lot of Qadhafi-era weapons were floating around, and that's why we're committed to working with the Libyan government on this."

When asked if U.S.-made weapons were floating around in addition to Qadhafi-era weapons, Harf said she had nothing for the reporter on that matter.