The US ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, reaffirmed Washington's support for elections on December 24 to address Libyans’ expectations.
His remarks came in a meeting with the Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush on the margins of her visit to Tunisia, according to the US embassy in Libya.
The Commander of the Chadian Military Council Mohammed Idriss Deby proposed to relaunch the quadruple agreement: Libya, Chad, Sudan and Niger, that was signed in 2018 to form a multinational force on the borders with Libya.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the creation of a new joint force, from both sides of the demarcation lines, comprising the 166 Battalion for Protection and Security and the Tareq Bin Ziyad Brigade, which has been tasked to secure the Man-Made River.
UNSMIL commended these efforts, conducted in coordination with the 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC), saying it is a very significant step forward towards the unification of the military institution and the country.
The spokesman for the Libyan Government of National Unity, Mohammed Hammouda, said Thursday border closure with Tunisia was agreed upon for health reasons only, adding that discussion between a Libyan ministerial delegation, which included the Foreign and Interior Ministers, and a Tunisia delegation in Tunis reiterated solid bilateral relations between the two countries.
The Deputy Chief of Mission for the US Embassy in Libya, Leslie Ordeman, accompanied by USAID Libya Representative, John Pennell visited Tripoli on Wednesday.
Ordeman held meetings with the High National Elections Commission, the Ministry of Interior, representatives of civil society organizations, and election observation groups, as well as Oil and Gas Minister, Mohamed Aoun, to discuss US support for the elections, the US Embassy said in a statement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of National Unity has called on Algeria and Morocco to exercise restraint, avoid further escalation, and to adhere to the common principles and goals for which the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) was established.
This came in a statement issued by the Libyan Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, in which it expressed its deep regret over the situation between the two countries.