US ambassador to acting UN envoy: Washington supports Libyan political solution

US ambassador to acting UN envoy: Washington supports Libyan political solution

October 13, 2020 - 20:41
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The ambassador of the United States to Libya Richard Norland met Tuesday with the Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya, Stephanie Williams, and reiterated full US support for the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) process.

Norland said that through the UN-facilitated dialogue, Libyan parties are coming together peacefully to achieve a sovereign Libyan solution to end the conflict, promote transparent management of Libya’s economic resources, and finalize a roadmap to national elections, according to a statement by the US embassy in Libya.

He also expressed appreciation for Tunisia’s contributions to the success of the upcoming LPDF.

Ambassador Norland also welcomed the resumption of UN-facilitated military talks in Geneva on October 19, which build on the successful meetings hosted by Egypt in Hurghada and represent an important step toward a demilitarized solution in Central Libya and ultimate departure of foreign military elements from the country.

Following the meeting, Ambassador Norland said that after his recent consultations, particularly in Cairo and Ankara, he believed that the United States "is aligned with key international partners in support of these intra-Libyan dialogues".

"The United States commends Libyan parties who are prepared to put the national interest ahead of their personal agendas through the LPDF.” Norland indicated.