The ex-Head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khalid Al-Mishri, received two letters: one from the UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, and another from the US envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, after losing the presidency of the HCS to Mohammed Takala.

In a letter published by Al-Mishri on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Bathily hailed Al-Mishri's commitment to the values of democracy during the elections for the presidency of the HCS, adding that "the ideal position that he adopted should be, in the current context of Libya, a model to be followed by the rest of the political leaders."

Bathily praised Al-Mishri's cooperation with him and with the UN mission, and said that since he took office about a year ago, he had the opportunity to see closely his political leadership and dedication to serving the issues of Libya. 

Meanwhile, Norland expressed the appreciation of the US and his personal gratitude for the pivotal role that Al-Mishri had played in Libya for years. He added, directing his speech to Al-Mishri: "You have shown, through our joint work, a leadership personality and that you are a defender of your vision for Libya. I wish you success in your next endeavors."

Takala obtained 67 votes to win the HCS presidency against Al-Mishri last Sunday, with a difference of five votes in the run-off. Al-Mishri left the position after nearly five years in office.