The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will support Libyans to consolidate a lasting ceasefire as per Geneva agreement and hold elections on December 24, 2021.

Pompeo's remarks came in a letter in which he extended best wishes for a joyous Independence Day to the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sairraj and to the Libyan people, according to a State Department statement.

"This year has been an important one for Libya with the announcement of a nationwide ceasefire on October 23 and progress on a Libyan-owned and Libyan-led political process, facilitated by the United Nations." The statement reads.

It adds that the decision to hold national elections on Independence Day in 2021 is very important, saying that in the year ahead, the US will support Libyans in building on these successes, including through full implementation of the ceasefire agreement and maintaining the remarkable momentum of the political process. 

Pompeo said the US is focused on promoting a peaceful, prosperous, and unified Libya with an inclusive government that can both secure the country and meet the economic and humanitarian needs of its people.

Meanwhile, the US President Donald Trump reiterated Washington's commitment to supporting Libya to regain its unity and sovereignty, saying the ceasefire and progress of the political dialogue are good signs for ending conflicts in the country.