US State Department reiterates need to move toward elections without delay

US State Department reiterates need to move toward elections without delay

September 24, 2022 - 12:17
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

US State Department Counselor Derek Chollet has stressed the need for Libyan leaders to work towards a framework for elections without delay.

"Members of the P3+2 met in New York today, and we all agree on the need to support the head of UNSMILibya, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, to restore momentum to Libya’s political process," the US diplomat tweeted on Friday.

In the same context, the US Ambassador/Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, had confirmed during his meeting in New York with the Head of the Presidential Council, Muhammad Menfi, Washington's support for a political solution as the new UNSMIL's head takes office.

In a video recording, Norland said they noticed great interest and new ideas during the ongoing meetings on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's gathering in New York.

"The United States is working closely with partners in the diplomatic community, and with Libyan visitors... to try to restore momentum to the Libyan electoral process," Norland said.

He said all actors are aware of the importance of moving quickly to reach the elections in light of the current violence in Libya.

The US envoy emphasized that one of the most important messages that his country seeks to convey is the strong American support for Bathily's efforts to lead the political process and help mediate among the Libyans o try to reach an agreement that will lead to credible elections as soon as possible.