UNSMIL Official Welcomed by UK Ambassador

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The UK Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurandell, announced that her country welcomes the new Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily.

In a tweet, the UK ambassador said that she warmly welcomes the new Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General for Libya.

She added, “I am looking forward to working with him and supporting UN efforts to drive forward an inclusive and sustainable political process that leads to successful elections.”

On Friday, Abdoulaye Bathily arrived in Tripoli to assume his position as the Head of UNSMIL.

According to a statement issued by UNSMIL, Bathily said that his priority is to identify a consensual pathway towards inclusive and credible national elections. He stressed that elections should be held as soon as possible on a solid constitutional framework.

“Restoring the electoral process will support fostering national unity and stability and renew the legitimacy of institutions in the country,” he affirmed.

The head of UNSMIL noted that he will lead the UN good offices and mediation efforts to reach a sustainable and peaceful Libyan-led and Libyan-owned solution.

“Over the coming days, I will first and foremost engage with all Libyan parties across the country, including civil society, women, and youth groups, to listen to their views on the political, security, and economic situations and hear their vision about the future of their country,” Bathily added.

He pointed out that the UN remains committed to supporting Libya to hold inclusive presidential and parliamentary elections. “The will of the millions of Libyan people who registered to vote should be respected,” he concluded.

Sources told Abaad News that Bathily will hold talks in Benghazi, East of Libya, with the Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. He will also meet with Parliament Speaker Ageela Saleh and Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha.

The sources noted that the UNSMIL official will also hold talks with the outgoing Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, and the Presidential Council in Tripoli.