UN-Qatar Affirm Need for “Swift Action” to Hold Libyan Elections

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The UN Envoy for Libya and the Head of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily and the Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani
The UN Envoy for Libya and the Head of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily and the Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani

On Wednesday, the UN Envoy for Libya and the Head of the United Nations Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily met with the Qatari Foreign Minister, Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in Doha.

Bathily said he has agreed with Al-Thani on the “need for Libyan actors to take swift action for the finalization of the constitutional basis for elections.” They also affirmed the need for the “coordinated support of the international community to the electoral process in Libya.”

In September, Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani received the Speaker of the Libyan Parliament, Ageela Saleh and his accompanying delegation.

Saleh briefed the Emir of Qatar on the latest developments in Libya. The statement indicated that the Emir “reiterated his position towards the Libyan people, supporting their options, and achieving their aspirations for development and prosperity for the sake of Libya’s unity and stability.”

During the meeting, they discussed aspects of developing and strengthening bilateral cooperation, and the current developments in Libya. In addition to a number of regional and international issues.

Saleh was invited by the Qatari FM during their meeting in Turkey in August, MP Abdel-Men’em Al-Arfy said in press statements.

The visit “aims to bring closer the views of the two sides,” Al-Arfy said. “Saleh will seek to convey the view of the Libyan Parliament and State,” he added. The MP said Qatar could play a mediator role in the Libyan crisis.

“Qatar is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council. We must reach an understanding with it, and turn the page of past differences,” he added.

In September, the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Bathily as his new Envoy to Libya. Guterres’s decision came after a nine-month search amid increasing chaos in the oil-rich north African country.