Panafrican News Agency

Arab League Secretary General reiterates commitment to consensual settlement of Libya's crisis

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, has told the Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Manfi, that the League is committed to continue its role in supporting a comprehensive consensual settlement of the crisis in Libya.

According to a statement issued by the Press Office of the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Mr. Gheit reaffirmed their support for the efforts of the Presidential Council in implementing the roadmap that leads the country towards a comprehensive national reconciliation and elections.

The two men met on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

The statement said Mr. al-Manfi reviewed the efforts made by the Presidential Council since it came to power to support the political settlement process, and the launch of the national reconciliation, which paves the way for the holding of elections next December.

This, he said, is in response to the aspirations of the Libyan people, referring to the positive developments that have been achieved in recent weeks, relating to the consolidation of the ceasefire and the unification of state institutions.

Mr. al-Manfi also met with South African Foreign Minister, Naledi Pandor, praising South Africa's experience in achieving national reconciliation.

Pandor conveyed President Cyril Ramaphosa's invitation to Mr. al-Manfi to visit South Africa to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries.

In another development, Mr. al-Manfi met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, who reaffirmed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's concern to see Libya regain stability, expressing his hope for the success of all stages of the political agreement between all parties.

Mr. al-Manfi hailed the positions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia towards the Libyan crisis, and its welcome of the Libyan political dialogue, to reach a solution that restores stability and peace.

Mr. al-Manfi also discussed with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra the prospects for cooperation and coordination between the two countries.

The Algerian minister stressing the importance of reaching a comprehensive national reconciliation in Libya that closes the page of divisions and conflicts.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations and a number of Arab and international issues of common interest.

-0- PANA BY/JSG/BBA/MA 22Sept2021