Senator Graham: US needs to commit to political process and reject military takeover in Libya

Libyan Express

The US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham  made a statement following a phone call with the Libyan Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sirraj.

“I had a constructive phone call with the Prime Minister of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj. It is important the United States reinforce its commitment to a political solution in Libya and reject efforts by any party for a military takeover. The administration, in my view, needs to reaffirm past statements rejecting a military solution in Libya and pushing for political reconciliation.” Graham said.

He added that there will never be a military only solution in Libya, and the United States needs to lead the effort to bring about reconciliation between the recognized government of Libya and all factions on the ground.

“I very much appreciate the efforts to eradicate ISIS and other terrorist groups from Libya and strongly believe that if civil war spreads, terrorist groups will fill the vacuum.” The Senator added.

He also indicated that it is now time for the United States to lead the political reconciliation process and firmly reject any effort – by any party – for a military takeover.

“I appreciate the Prime Minister’s leadership and his willingness to work with all sides to ensure a peaceful resolution in Libya.” Graham remarked .

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