US-Greece Discuss Support for Libyan Political Forum Dialogue

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On Tuesday, the US Ambassador in Libya, Richard Norland, said he held a phone call with the Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, to discuss ways to support Libya in its political track toward peace.

“We consulted on our support for the upcoming Libyan Political Forum Dialogue and how this will allow Libya to re-establish its sovereignty,” the American Ambassador in Libya tweeted.

On Wednesday, Norland met with the Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Libya, Stephanie Williams. He reiterated full US support for the UN-facilitated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) process.

The US Embassy in Libya said in a statement that the forum helps Libyan parties to achieve a sovereign Libyan solution to end the conflict, promote transparent management of Libya’s economic resources, and finalise a roadmap to national elections.

Norland also expressed appreciation for Tunisia’s contributions to the success of the upcoming LPDF.

He also welcomed the resumption of UN-facilitated military talks in Geneva on October 19, which build on successful meetings hosted by Egypt in Hurghada.

The embassy said that the talks in Hurghada “represent an important step toward a demilitarised solution in Central Libya and the ultimate departure of foreign military elements from the country.”

“After my recent consultations, particularly in Cairo and Ankara, I believe that the United States is aligned with key international partners in support of these intra-Libyan dialogues,” Norland said.

He added that United States commends Libyan parties who are prepared to put the national interest ahead of their personal agendas through the LPDF.