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US Secretary of State voices support for Libya’s “inclusive government”

The United States supports the Libyan vision of 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, a statement by the spokesperson of the US Secretar of State, Antony Blinken, said Saturday.

The US Secretary of State thanked the acting envoy of the United Nations in Libya, Stephanie Williams’ service, which contributed to the realization of this unified vision, saying she deserves Washington’s deepest gratitude.

“The United States thanks Stephanie Turco Williams for her service in advancing peace as she departs her position as Acting UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).” The statement reads.

It added that in her roles, Williams displayed extraordinary diplomatic skills, demonstrating both creativity and tenacity to bring together Libyan parties within the framework of the UN-facilitated political process, resulting in the October 23 nationwide ceasefire agreement, the selection of leadership for a new executive authority, and the decision to hold national elections by the end of this year. 

“As the leadership of UNSMIL transitions, we encourage the Libyan people to build upon their achievements and continue working towards ending the conflict.” The US Secretary of State indicated.

Meanwhile, Libyan Political Dialogue Forum
(LPDF) members cast votes Friday in Geneva and finally agreed to select the Head and members of the Presidential Council as well as the new Prime Minister of the Libyan executive authority that will lead to general elections on December 24, 2021.

After individual voting failed, four lists that included candidates for the top Libyan executive authority positions were presented for the positions to run the executive authority in the upcoming interim period.

The winning list received 39 votes and it included Mohammed Menfi (representative of the east), as Head of the Presidential Council; Mossa Al-Koni, member representative of the south; Abdullah Al-Lafi, member representative of the west and Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah, as Prime Minister.  

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