UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame resigns

UN envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame resigns

March 02, 2020 - 21:55
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The United Nations' envoy to Libya Ghassan Salame, who is also the Head of the UNSMIL, has announced on Twitter that he is stepping down from his position for health reasons.

Salame said on Twitter on Monday that he tried to unite Libyans and restrain foreign interference, but for health reasons, he can no longer continue with this level of stress and therefore he asked the UN Secretary General to relieve him of his duties.

Salame, a former Lebanese culture minister, was appointed as a UN envoy in Libya in June 2017 and has struggled to bring the two sides together for talks to end Libya's conflict, especially after the latest wave of escalation started in April 2019.

This resignation comes after many Libyan politicians and social media activists have called on Salame to leave, saying he is biased to one party of the conflict over the other.