US welcomes Palermo Conference conclusions, offers assistance in economic, security reforms

US welcomes Palermo Conference conclusions, offers assistance in economic, security reforms

November 14, 2018 - 18:45
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The United States welcomed Tuesday the conclusions announced by Italy following the Palermo conference for Libya.

"We strongly support UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) Ghassan Salamé and the recalibrated UN Action Plan he presented to the Security Council on November 8, which calls for a Libyan-led National Conference to be held in the first weeks of 2019 and the subsequent electoral process to begin in the spring of 2019." US Spokesperson for the United States Department of State Heather Nauert said.

She added that the US urges all Libyans to work constructively with SRSG Salamé toward the goals of an inclusive constitutional process and credible, peaceful, and well-prepared elections.

"The Palermo conference underscored that achieving such progress will require sustained attention to the economic and security aspects of the conflict. We are encouraged by the commitment of the Government of National Accord to accelerate implementation of comprehensive monetary and subsidy reforms, which Libya urgently needs to stabilize its economy." She remarked.

She added that the US is committed to ensuring that all those who undermine Libya’s peace, security, and stability will be held accountable.

The spokesperson also said that the US believes it as critical to promote greater transparency of Libya’s economic institutions, including the Central Bank of Libya.

"The United States stands ready to support this economic dialogue, at Libya’s request and in close coordination with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund." Nauert explained.

The spokesperson also commended Salamé’s leadership in deescalating violence in Tripoli and UNSMIL’s ongoing partnership with the Presidential Council's government to put in place more durable security arrangements for the Libyan capital.

"We welcome the important steps taken by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to begin establishing capable, national security forces under civilian control." She further explained.

The spokesperson said that the US looks forward to continuing close partnership with all international partners as the Libyan people strive to realize a stable and unified government, which must ultimately stand on its own against terrorism and provide security and prosperity for all Libyans.