Menfi Pledges in Berlin to Hold December Elections on Time in Libya – Al Marsad

The chairman of the interim Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi, said today at a press conference in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, that the Libyan people do not forget those who stood with them and those who stood against them during their ordeal. He also “pledged” to continue to work to reach elections scheduled for 24 December, amidst new media reports that officials from the interim Presidential and the interim Government of National Unity (GNU) were pushing behind the diplomatic scenes for postponement.

The Chairman of the interim Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi arrived in Berlin on Thursday on a two-day official visit, which he started with a meeting with a number of Arab ambassadors, and then to hold talks with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German President Frank Steinmeier on the political process in Libya.

Mohamed a-Menfi meeting Arab Ambassadors in Berlin.

In his speech during the press conference he held with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said: “We affirm our work to complete this stage and reach elections in accordance with what was agreed upon in the Geneva and Berlin II outputs.” He praised the role of Germany on the Libyan file through the Berlin I and II tracks. “The Libyan people do not forget those who stood with them, and those who stood against them during their ordeal,” said Menfi.

Merkel said “We believe that a diplomatic solution to the problems in Libya could ultimately be peace-building in many ways—not only for Libya and the Libyans, but also the African continent as a whole.”

During her meeting with Menfi, the outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the withdrawal of foreign mercenaries from Libya. She also discussed preparations for Libyan 24 December elections and said that “there is still a lot to be done.”

Mohamed al-Menfi with Frank Steinmeier.

Merkel said Germany will remain committed to supporting Libya even after the government changes in Berlin. “I can assure you that also in the coming weeks and months, even if we now have a transition from one government to the next, the Libyan issue will remain a priority for Germany,” she said.

© ALMARSAD ENGLISH (2021)

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