US supports Libya military unification, national reconciliation, Mangoush’s withdrawal of foreign forces call and 24 December elections

By Sami Zaptia.

London, 7 May 2021:  

The U.S. continued its supports for the unification of Libya’s military institutions, for national reconciliation, for the withdrawal of foreign fighters and forces and for the holding of the 24 December elections.

The support came in a statement issued by the U.S. Embassy quoting its Ambassador Richard Norland after his meeting yesterday with Presidency Council member Al-Lafi.

“I had a positive meeting with PC Member Al-Lafi yesterday, and was encouraged to hear of the steps the Presidency Council (PC) is proposing for unifying Libya’s military institutions — a crucial objective, as underscored by the recent events in Chad, and one which must be pursued in an agreed manner with the support of all parties.

We also discussed specific efforts the PC is undertaking to promote national reconciliation, and the critical importance of beginning the withdrawal of foreign forces and fighters and preparing for national elections on December 24 as called for by the LPDF Roadmap and UNSCR 2570.”

U.S. supports Foreign Minister Mangoush’s call

In a separate statement, Ambassador Norland reiterated the now oft repeated mantra about the withdrawal of foreign forces:

”We fully support Foreign Minister Mangoush’s unambiguous call for the departure of foreign forces in the interest of Libyan sovereignty and stability”.

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