Richard Norland, the U.S. Special Envoy and Ambassador to Libya, met on Saturday with representatives of the country’s southern region of Fezzan to discuss the political process.
Mahdi Massoud La’war, Abu Salah Shalabi, and Musbah Duma flew to Tunisia to share “their vision for Fezzan’s role in Libya’s future and the need for Libya to hold elections as soon as possible to ensure the will of 2.8 million Libyans is respected,” Norland was quoted as saying by the U.S. Embassy in Libya.
The Libyan representatives discussed “important proposals for reforming the laws regarding the election process to ensure its success,” Norland said. “We agreed that timely elections represent the best path toward a secure, unified, and prosperous Libya”.
“We continue to urge all Libyan leaders to de-escalate tensions that could lead to violence, and not lose sight of the will of the majority of Libyan people who want to choose their leadership in free and fair elections.”
1/4 Amb. Norland: “HoR members from the Fezzan, Mahdi Massoud La'war, Abu Salah Shalabi, and Musbah Dum honored me with a visit to Tunis on Feb. 12 where they shared their vision for Fezzan’s role in #Libya’s future and the need for Libya to hold elections as soon as possible pic.twitter.com/vQPUCp9GXa
— U.S. Embassy – Libya (@USEmbassyLibya) February 14, 2022