America and Egypt Call on Tripoli Government to Equitably Distribute National Resources Among Libyans – Al Marsad

The President of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, held a telephone conversation on Wednesday with the new US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland. According to the Information Office of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), the two sides discussed the security and political situation in Libya and the implications of what Sarraj described as the aggression on Tripoli, in addition to a number of files of cooperation between the two countries.

[Libya, 17 August 2019] – During the call, the new US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland, stressed that there was no military solution to the Libyan crisis, and that the only solution was to return to the political track.

US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland

According to GNA’s media bureau, Ambassador Richard Norland told Sarraj that the United States is keen to achieve stability in Libya and end the suffering of its people, and it will do everything possible to achieve this, commending “the role of the Government of National Accord in the fight against terrorism and its successful partnership with the United States in this area,” as per the information office of the Tripoli government.

Norland: “Libyan people must benefit from their natural resources” 

Echoing the Egyptian stance that called for fair distribution of resources among Libyans, Ambassador Richard Norland stressed the need to make sure that the Libyan people benefit from their natural resources, and not to allow anyone to tamper with these resources, or disrupt energy supplies.

For his part, the GNA President expressed appreciation for the American position, pointing out that the forces of the Government of National Accord exercise what he described as “their legitimate right to defend the capital and its residents.”

Sarraj said that serious violations and breaches, that are considered war crimes and crimes against humanity, as he put it, accompanied the advance of the Libyan National Army forces towards the capital, and called for work to stop what he called the “aggression”, and end what he described as “negative external interventions in Libya.”

US-Egyptian Alignment on Libya

It is noteworthy that the affirmation made by the new US Ambassador for the need to ensure that the Libyans benefit from their natural resources comes after a similar Egyptian position in which Cairo demanded the issue of fair distribution of resources in Libya to be addressed, and stressed on the need for transparency in its spending.

The Egyptian stance triggered an angry reaction from the chairman of the consultative High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri, which prompted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Tripoli to condemn Cairo statements at the request of Mishri. He asked they react strongly to the Egyptian stance and consider it an interference in Libya’s internal affairs.

Ending the Conflict

In an statement issued two days ago by the US Embassy in Libya, the new US Ambassador Richard Norland, said he was committed to working towards an early end to the conflict and looked forward to the day when security conditions permit the American Embassy’s return from Tunisia. 

The statement said: “The arrival of a new U.S. Ambassador to Libya signals a desire by Washington to intensify diplomatic engagement with all parties to the conflict. Our goal is clear: end the fighting and support UN efforts led by UN SRSG Ghassan Salamé to achieve a negotiated political solution to the crisis in Libya.”

The statement also said that the US “was encouraged by the Eid truce, which demonstrated the need for a comprehensive ceasefire and the redoubling of efforts to re-launch a political process.  We believe all Libyans deserve to live in peace and benefit from the country’s wealth. The U.S. calls on all external parties to join this effort.”

© Al Marsad English. 2019.



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