US affirms support for UN efforts to bring Libyan parties together

US affirms support for UN efforts to bring Libyan parties together

The United States has affirmed support for the efforts United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to “have Libyan leaders meet in Libya to make crucial decisions for the stability and prosperity of Libyans.”
“The vast majority of the international community, including the United States, supports a Libyan-led solution,” the U.S. Embassy quoted American ambassador Richard Norland as saying in a tweet.
“Libyan leaders now have an unparalleled opportunity to show they have the courage and wisdom to deliver,” he added.
U.N. Special Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily had planned hold organize a meeting between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Saleh, and the Chairman of the High State Council, Khaled Al-Meshri, had agreed to a meeting under UN auspices, in the city of Zintan, on 4 December, “with the sole purpose of setting in motion a process towards the holding of elections, including the finalization of the constitutional basis,” according to the U.N.
However, the meeting failed to take place with U.N. citing “logistical reasons beyond our control” as justification for why the meeting did not convene. Nevertheless, the U.N. urged Libyan parties to “agree on a mutually acceptable location and date for their meeting”.