US State Department: Free and Fair Elections in Libya Are Key Priority for the US – Al Marsad

The US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood affirmed US commitment to support the Libyan people in achieving a sovereign, stable, and unified Libya.

(LIBYA, 18 May 2021) – The US Assistant Secretary of State for Middle Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, and at a press conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Unity Government, Najla Al-Mangoush, today during his visit in Tripoli, said that he and the US Special Envoy to Libya, Richard Norland, had positive talks with the Prime Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla al-Mangoush, on how best to support the Libyan government.

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“The goal of the United States is a sovereign, stable, unified Libya with no foreign interference, and a state that is capable of combating terrorism,” said Hood.

He stressed support for the GNU in conducting free and fair elections without any external interference, and that it was a key a goal for the US. “The agreement on an electoral roadmap for elections in December is very important,” he added.

He also emphasized that the US rejected any armed or external interference in Libyan affairs: “We oppose foreign fighters, we oppose proxy forces.”

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When asked about the return of US diplomacy to Tripoli in the coming period, Hood replied: “Yes, this is our goal, and this may take some time and require us to return to Washington, and we have a meeting in Berlin; we will certainly do this in coordination with the Government of National Unity.”