EU Official: Security Working Group Meeting in Tripoli a ‘Historic Occasion’


The European Union’s Ambassador to Libya, Jose Sabadell has hailed the meeting of the security working group, which emerged from the Berlin International Follow-Up Committee. He described it as a “historic occasion.” The meeting was held with the presence of 5+5 Joint Military Commission (JMC).

Sabadell emphasised the “importance of security as a fundamental element in the political process, leading to elections, stability, and unity, stating that the European Union is ready to support.”

The security working group comprises of France, Britain, Turkey, Italy, and the African Union, in addition to the United Nations.

Notably, Sabadell stated that “enhancing women’s participation in elections is not just a matter of fairness, but also a prerequisite for real change in Libya.”

Sabadell expressed his content to participate in the Regional Conference to Enhance Women’s Electoral Participation – Mechanisms and Solutions.

The conference, which is overseen by the Women’s Support Unit at the Commission, the Arab Women and Elections Network, and the Libyan General Women’s Union, began earlier on Sunday.

The Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Government of National Unity (GNU), Houria Al-Tarmal is participating in the conference.

On Tuesday, the 6+6 Joint Committee, entrusted by the Libyan Parliament and the High Council of State (HCS) with the drafting of electoral laws, called for the formation of a unified government that paves the way for holding elections across the country.

This meeting, which was held in Morocco, aimed at drafting laws to organise the elections, in accordance with the roadmap announced by the UN Envoy, Abdoulaye Bathily in February.

In a statement read by the Head of the HCS delegation, Omar Buleifa said that the upcoming Presidential and legislative elections “will be held simultaneously.” He announced that they had “achieved complete consensus regarding the controversial points related to the process of electing a president for Libya, and the National Assembly.”