US State Department voices support for UN, international actors in helping Libya reach elections
The spokesman for the US Department of State, Ned Price, said on Friday that Washington is taking part in periodic consultations with key international stakeholders on how best to support the special representative of the secretary-general, Abdoulaye Bathily, in setting the stage for elections in Libya and supporting the people of Libya.
Answering questions in a press briefing, Price said the US strongly "supports the special representative of the secretary-general, the call for national consensus in Libya on establishing a clear timeline for elections," adding that Washington believes there is no other way to secure stability and long-term peace.
When asked about the purpose of the visit of CIA Director William Burns to Libya, the spokesman of the US State Department Ned Price said that only the CIA could comment on the issue.
"We look forward to hosting a future discussion as we have in the past, but we haven’t confirmed any dates at this time.” The US Department of State’s spokesman said.
He said that the report that foreign envoys to Libya would meet in Washington to discuss efforts aiming at holding elections in Libya was not accurate.
The Guardian reported that US envoy Richard Norland would hold a meeting in Washington on January 13 for foreign envoys: France, Germany, Italy and the UK, to Libya to discuss ways to push forward the holding of elections after the failure of the House of Representatives and High Council of State to reach a final constitutional consensus in their recent meeting in Cairo.