UAE Leaders Congratulate Libya on 71st Independence Day


UAE President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a congratulatory message to Mohamed Al-Mnifi, Head of the Libyan Presidential Council, on the occasion of Libya’s Independence Day.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, also sent a similar letter to Al-Mnifi.

On this occasion, the Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily reiterated his call for the need to hold free and fair elections in Libya.

He encouraged all Libyan leaders to “agree on a solution based on a national compromise, and avoid escalatory action that would threaten Libya’s already fragile stability and unity.”

According to a statement published by UNSMIL on the 71st anniversary of Libya’s Independence Day, Bathily stressed that the UN “will spare no effort in working with all parties constructively, inclusively, and firmly to support Libyan leaders to prevent further division and avoid wasting more time.

“This year, however, Independence Day feels bittersweet, as it also marks the first anniversary of the postponement of general elections which were supposed to be held on 24 December 2021,” Bathily said.

“The patience of the Libyan people is running out. It is time to prioritize the needs of the nation and the public – including the 2.8 million Libyans who already registered to vote,” he added.

US President, Joe Biden affirmed his commitment to helping Libya achieve a stable, democratic, and prosperous future for its citizens, in a letter to the Head of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Mnifi. He also appreciated the Presidential Council’s efforts to achieve national reconciliation, paving the way for Presidential and Parliamentary elections.

On the 24th of December, Libyans celebrate their country’s Independence Day, amid international appeals for political leaders to be a driving force in resolving the decade-long crisis.

Prior to its independence, Libya was occupied by several nations for decades, primarily Italy since 1911. It was not until 1947, that both Italy and France relinquished their claims to the country.

Following the end of World War II, the United Nations called for Libya to be granted independence from European rule, ultimately establishing the United Kingdom of Libya. This unified the three Libyan provinces of Cyrenaica, Fezzan, and Tripolitania. Subsequently, King Idris Al-Senussi was placed on the throne in 1951, and later ousted in 1969 by Muammar Gaddafi.

In 2011, Libyans across the country celebrated Independence Day for the first time since Gaddafi ascended to power. The tumultuous year marked the 60th anniversary of the country’s independence from Italy.

Today, 24 December is celebrated across the world by Libyans, reminding them of the nation’s long history under foreign rule. Independence Day marks the nation’s leap towards freedom, resuming its rightful status as Libya’s highest national holiday in 2011, and commemorating the Libyan people’s drive for independence.