Chargé d'Affairs at the US Embassy to Libya, Leslie Ordeman, said on Friday that Washington continues to stand by the Libyan people in their desire for a democratically elected government that can achieve peace and prosperity they deserve.

The American diplomat added in a post on the occasion of the 12th  anniversary of the February 17 Revolution: “After years of faltering progress, the time has come for Libya’s leaders to put the interests of the Libyans first.”

He pointed out that the democratically elected government is necessary to achieve national unity, comprehensive and just development, and Libya’s restoration of its sovereignty, on its soil and borders.

The US official reaffirmed his country's support for UN efforts to reach consensual solutions that will bear fruit in the shortest possible time, an honest path towards elections, noting that the elections do not represent a goal in themselves, but they are an important step towards making progress in the political transition in Libya.