Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

A US delegation discussed with the President of the High Council of State, Mohamed Tekala, the initiative of the UN envoy to Libya, Abdullah Batelli, regarding his call for the five-member table to create a political consensus that contributes to resolving the Libyan crisis and reviving the democratic process leading to the electoral process postponed since December 2021.

Alternative proposals were discussed in the event of the failure of the UN initiative, according to a statement by the State Council on its Facebook page.

This came during a meeting held at the headquarters of the State Council, in the presence of the President of the Council, Mohamed Tekala, accompanied by First Deputy Masoud Obaid, Chairman of the Libyan-American Communication Committee, Mohamed Moazab, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North Africa, Joshua Harris, accompanied by the United States Special Envoy for Libya, Richard Norland, and the US Chargé d’Affaires Jeremy Berndt.

For his part, Tekala stressed that the State Council is committed to political agreements and their outcomes, pointing out that it agreed from the beginning to sit at the dialogue table, and that it supports efforts to reach a comprehensive and fair national reconciliation, and the issuance of electoral laws that everyone legally and politically agrees on and stems from the Constitutional Declaration and political agreements concluded with the agreement of all Libyan political parties and under international and UN auspices.

Last November, Batteley launched an initiative to convene a summit between the five main parties in the Libyan crisis to agree on outstanding issues over the elections, but in his briefing to the Security Council last month, he criticized the positions of some Libyan leaders who “are stagnant and have not shown a firm commitment to ending the political stalemate in the country,” noting that they did not “reject the invitation to the five-way meeting directly, but some of them set conditions for participation.”

 

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