Electoral process in Libya must not lead to instability, says US ambassador

Richard Norland, US Ambassador to Libya

Richard Norland, US Ambassador to Libya, said his country rejects any electoral process that is likely to cause instability.

In a televised interview broadcast yesterday, Norland stressed that the existing controversy regarding the identity of presidential candidates needs to be resolved, since it led to the postponement of the last elections, pointing to controversial figures on Libya’s political scene, and calling on Libyans to resolve their stance on the candidates.

In his statement, the US ambassador emphasized the need to expel mercenaries to resolve this issue, and reaffirmed his support for the efforts of the UN envoy in Libya, Abdullah Batili, to reach the 2023 election.

Following an announcement by US President Joe Biden that his country would prioritise participation and partnership with Libya last March 25, America adopted a strategy to prevent conflict and promote stability in Libya.

In support of the strategy, additional US investments are being made to achieve stability in Libya, and the strategy represents a significant US commitment to supporting Libya’s steadfastness and progress towards peace.

The strategy developed by the United States, in close consultation with Libyan partners and the international community, aims to ensure Libya is governed by a democratically elected, united, representative, and internationally recognized authority capable of guaranteeing human rights, delivering public services, promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, securing its borders, and collaborating with the United States and international community on common priorities.

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