Trump administration officials applauded Libya on Thursday for destroying the last of its chemical weapons stash while calling on the Syrian regime to follow suit, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
"The United States congratulates Libya for destroying the last remnants of its Qadhafi-era chemical weapons stockpile and satisfying its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention," Sanders said in the statement. "We also gratefully recognize the key contributions of Denmark, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, Finland, Italy, Malta, France, and Spain, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, in ensuring the proper destruction of these dangerous chemicals and protecting the integrity of the Convention."
The U.S. supported the uprising that led to the ouster of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
Sanders said Libya's destruction of the chemical weapons collected by Gaddafi marked an achievement for the international community, but noted "there is more work to do" to rid the world of chemical weapons.
"The United States calls on Syria to eliminate all chemical weapons, to dismantle fully its chemical weapons program, and to ensure that these weapons can no longer be used against the Syrian people," she said.
The Trump administration has said the U.S. does not see a path to peace in Syria as long as its leader, Syrian President Bashar Assad, remains in power. Assad has been accused of deploying chemical weapons against civilians as his regime fights rebels that have sought Assad's removal for years.