US pledges to support Libya unity regime under UN plan

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, December 4, 2017
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The United States renewed its support for Libya’s UN-backed government on Friday and urged all parties in the country to get behind efforts to organise elections.

President Donald Trump welcomed Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to the White House shortly after the Libyan visited the State Department for talks with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

After the first meeting, Tillerson’s spokesperson issued a statement supporting “the Libyan people’s efforts to build a more stable, unified, and prosperous future.”

To that end, Tillerson promised continuing US support for Sarraj’s Government of National Accord (GNA), which still struggles to exert control across a Libya beset by factional fighting.

UN envoy Ghassan Salame has advanced a plan to encourage national reconciliation and a move towards national polls that might finally unify Libya under one elected regime.

“Secretary Tillerson underscored that the United States continues to urge all Libyan parties to engage constructively with Special Representative Salame’s mediation,” the State Department said.

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