Merkel ‘Encourages’ Dbaiba to Hold Elections on Time


German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and Libyan Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba discussed the next steps of the political process in Libya, German Ambassador, Oliver Owcza said on Tuesday.

The Chancellor encouraged Dbaiba to prepare for the December 2021 elections, and reaffirmed Germany’s support for the intra-Libyan peace process, the implementation of the ceasefire agreement, and the withdrawal of foreign forces.

The two leaders further discussed the migration crisis, regional issues, and economic developments.

Last week, Chancellor Merkel told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Libya would be an “important signal.”

“Merkel and Erdogan agreed to support the Government of National Unity (GNU) in preparing elections by year-end,” the German government spokesman said.

The GNU, led by Dbaiba, was elected during a UN-brokered peace process in February 2021. The government is set to lead the country until the general elections later this year.