The UN Security Council has emphasized in a statement on Libya published on Wednesday full support for the Head of the UNSMIL, Ghassan Salame, and the whole mission as they seek to mediate a political way forward in Libya that would lead to credible and peaceful elections.

The statement urged all United Nations Member States and regional organizations to unite in support of Salame during this critical phase of Libya’s transition.

The UN Council has also welcomed the announcement of March 20 by Salame that says the National Conference will take place from 14 to 16 April 2019 in Libya's Ghadames.

The Security Council hailed as well the convening of United Nations-facilitated talks in Abu Dhabi on 27 February 2019 between the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj and the commander of the self-styled army in eastern Libya Khalifa Haftar, including their agreement on the need to end the transitional stages in Libya through the holding of general elections.

The UN Security Council underlined that the National Conference provides a crucial opportunity for all Libyans to put aside their differences, exercise restraint for the good of the country, and achieve peace and prosperity for the Libyan people.

The Security Council called on all the parties attending the Libyan National Conference to come together to engage in good faith in this Libyan-led, Libyan-owned process.