Mangoush affirms support for elections as Libya wraps up conference

Mangoush affirms support for elections as Libya wraps up conference

Libya’s first nationally-hosted conference since 2011 has concluded today in Tripoli, where top international diplomats gathered to affirm support for the country’s stabilization ahead of the elections on December 24.

In a joint press event with Kuwaiti her counterpart Ahmed Al-Sabah, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush affirmed her government’s “firm and strong commitment” to the “territorial integrity and national unity of Libya” as well as commitment to all Security Council resolution and international peace agreements concerning Libya. She said the Libyan government “categorically rejects foreign interference in Libyan affairs”.

Mangoush commended “the pivotal role” of the United Nations in supporting stability in Libya, as well as the efforts of the African Union, Arab League and the European Union.

The Libyan chief diplomat said that her government will take “initiative” and “necessary measures” and to “build trust and create an appropriate environment for holding national elections in a fair, transparent and inclusive manner on December 24, 2021.”

“The Libyan government supports the efforts made by the 5 + 5 Joint Military Committee regrading the full implementation of the terms of the ceasefire agreement and the action plan approved in the thirteenth round of talks held in Geneva during the period from 6 to 8 October 2021,” Mangoush said.

She also promised the cooperation of the Libyan authorities with the fact-finding mission of the Human Rights Council, and facilitating its tasks of investigating war crimes and human rights abuses.