Foreign Minister: Libya won't be backyard for instability in the region

Foreign Minister: Libya won't be backyard for instability in the region

June 10, 2021 - 21:09
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Foreign Minister, Najla Al-Mangoush, said Libya won't be the backyard for instability in the region and its territory and airspace won't be used as a base by any foreign country, adding that the country is positively engaging with Security Council resolutions to achieve lasting peace.

In a joint press conference with the British Secretary for Middle East and North African Affairs, Joey Cleverly, in Tripoli on Thursday, Al-Mangoush hailed the British readiness to pressure Libya stakeholders to help the country make its own political and sovereign decisions, adding that there is a need to form a "Libya Stability Group" headed by Libya with the United Kingdom's support.

She also hoped that Libya and the UK would cooperate in different areas, especially finance and management, urging Cleverly to reopen the UK embassy in Tripoli and a consulate in Benghazi; and she applauded the UK role in making Berlin conference succeed and the keenness of the British Prime Minister to follow up on Libya's issues as well as the UK's proposal to provide technical support for elections.

Cleverly said Libyans now have a real opportunity to write the next chapter in their country's history through December elections, which require serious work by the Government of National Unity under the auspices of UNSMIL.

"We have been clear on the need for the withdrawal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya without delay." He added, saying the UK is going to support Libya's electricity network by adding the renewable energies. He didn't mention any more details.