Blinken Calls for Free and Fair Elections in December in Libya and Removal of all Foreign Forces and Mercenaries – Al Marsad

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken renewed his country’s support for the continuation of the political process in Libya and calls for the removal of all mercenaries and foreign forces from the country.

According to US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, Secretary Blinken said in his speech that the US supports a “sovereign, stable, unified, and secure Libya free from foreign interference”. The comments were made at the ministerial meeting of the Libyan Peace Initiative in New York, which was opened by the chairman of the Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi, in the presence of the foreign ministers of the United States, Germany, Italy and France.

Blinken also stressed US support for Presidential and Parliamentary elections in Libya on 24 December, and urged Libyan leaders “to take the steps necessary to ensure free and fair elections as outlined by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum roadmap, including the need for agreement on a constitutional and legal framework.”

Secretary Blinken also emphasized US support for full implementation of the ceasefire agreement, including “the removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 2570.”