New UNSMIL head Kubis continues calls with Libya’s main stakeholders

By Sami Zaptia.

London, 10 February 2021:

As he assumed his functions on Monday, the UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Jan Kubis continued his interactions with Libyan interlocutors, UNSMIL reported yesterday.

This followed his telephone calls with outgoing President of the Presidency Council Faiez Serraj and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Siala Sunday.

It reported that Kubis held telephone conversations with Ageela Saleh, Head of the House of Representatives (HoR) and discussed the current situation, following the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) meeting in Switzerland and the way forward, including convening the HoR soon.

Kubis also held telephone conversations with Mohamed Menfi (Manfi), President of the Presidency Council designate and Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba, Prime Minister designate.

They discussed the way forward to ensure a smooth transition of power to the new unified interim executive authority (Government of National Unity – GNU). Kubis noted the intention of the Prime Minister designate to form an inclusive and representative Cabinet, within the timeline set by the LPDF Roadmap, that will reflect the richness and diversity of the Libyan society and its components, including women and youth, capable of addressing the most pressing issues in Libya including delivery of services to the people on a just and equitable basis and national reconciliation. Of critical importance for the government and the people, he added, is to prepare and hold the national elections on 24 December 2021.

Kubis stressed the United Nations commitment to a stable, prosperous, sovereign and unified Libya, building on the momentum generated by positive developments achieved in the past months in the political, security and economic files, including the ceasefire agreement through Libyan-led and Libyan-owned efforts and processes.

Kubis also continued with his telephone and video calls, reaching out to high representatives of regional countries and broader international community.

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