By Vanessa Tomassini.
“It is crucial for all Libya’s political leaders to work together to set a viable date for elections without delay. They must act upon their promises and prioritize the interests of the Libyan people above their own. The United States supports the overwhelming demands of the Libyan people to choose their own leaders through free and fair elections. That requires diligent work on the constitutional basis for elections, and we commend Egypt’s ongoing mediation between the House of Representatives and High State Council of this constitutional dialogue. We note the potential for progress also stemming from recent talks hosted by Morocco”.
A US State Department spokesperson told Speciale Libia in response to a request for comment on the recent agreement announced by the President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Aguila Salah, and the head of the High Council of State (HCS), Khaled Al-Meshri, in Morocco. Regarding the recent consultations between Mrs. Barbara A. Leaf, Ambassador Norland and Aguila in Egypt, the spokesperson reiterated: “As previously stated, they discussed Libya’s political process, the transparent management of Libya’s oil revenue, and the need for Libyan leaders to agree on holding elections without delay.”
“The United States did not participate in this meeting and would refer you to the relevant Libyan parties for additional comment.” He added, stressing that “The United States continues to stand with the Libyan people in their calls to choose their own leaders through free and fair elections. We strongly support SRSG Bathily’s mediation efforts to encourage all sides to work in good faith and with a sense of urgency to reach agreement on a constitutional framework and concrete timeline for elections.”