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United Nations Envoy Urges International Support for Libya

  • UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily, 2023.

    UN Special Representative Abdoulaye Bathily, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/ @LibyanTelegraph

Published 23 January 2023

"I call on all international stakeholders... to speak with one voice and step up their support to help Libya overcome its long-term crisis," Bathliy said.

On Sunday, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya Abdoulaye Bathily called for international support to help Libya overcome its crisis.


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Bathily made the remarks after attending a consultative meeting of the Arab foreign ministers on Sunday in the Libyan capital Tripoli, during which issues of common concern were discussed.

"I call on all international stakeholders, including Libya's neighbors, to speak with one voice and step up their support to help Libya overcome its long-term crisis," Bathliy said, urging all parties to come together and find ways to overcome their differences so that "Libya can once again play a leading role as an African-Arab country."

"Over a year ago, 2.8 million Libyans registered to vote. This shows the will and determination of the Libyan people to choose their representatives, restore legitimacy to their institutions and chart their way forward to stability through a democratic political process," he said.

Libya failed to hold general elections in December 2021 as previously scheduled due to disagreements over election laws among the Libyan parties.

The UN envoy said he considered the consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers as "the expression of solidarity and support for the Libyan people in establishing a peaceful and prosperous future."

Following the meeting, Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush said that "the meeting is not particularly about Libya, but an affirmation of a previous agreement of the Arab Foreign Ministers to intensify consultations among the members of the Arab League, in order to unify the Arab position on all issues of common concern."

The participants of the meeting expressed their support for stability in Libya, the unity of the Arab position, as well as the efforts of the UN Support Mission in Libya to achieve stability and support the Libyan elections, Al-Mangoush added.


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