US-Turkey Discuss Libyan Elections

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The US Ambassador and Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland announced that he held talks with Turkish officials to agree on a date for the postponed Libyan elections, according to Asharq Al-Awsat.

The US Ambassador confirmed that he had held “useful consultations” with the Director-General of the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. This was related to efforts to set an “acceptable date” for the elections, as soon as possible, without revealing further details.

Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric confirmed that the new UN Envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily’s “highest priority is to support defining a consensual path towards fair and comprehensive elections, as soon as possible.”

In Press Briefing, Dujarric said: “On Libya, which we haven’t talked about in a while, I want to tell you that our Special Representative for Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, arrived at the end of last week in Tripoli.”

“Following his arrival, he met with the Presidential Council leadership, Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, and Speaker of the Libyan Parliament Ageela Saleh. Previously, Foreign Minister, Najla Mangoush welcomed him to the country via a telephone call, as she was away from the country,” he added.

Dujarric pointed out that the different Libyan stakeholders welcomed Bathily, and expressed their readiness to work with him to find a political solution to the conflict.

He explained that Bathily relayed to his Libyan interlocutors that the UN mission’s top priority remains supporting elections, and to “ensure a Libyan-owned and Libyan-led solution to the crisis.”

“Over the next few weeks, Mr. Bathily plans to consult with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, women, and youth groups from across Libya.”

On Monday, Saleh held a meeting with Bathily in Al-Qubba city. They discussed the latest political developments, and ways to end the current crisis.
Bathily reiterated his keenness to help restore stability to Libya, “in a way that helps it to restore its regional balance and maintain its peace and security.”