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US ambassador to Libya expresses concern over fragile ceasefire

The US ambassador to Libya Richard Norland has discussed with the Head of the Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sarraj resuming Libyan-led talks under the auspices of the United Nations.

Norland met Al-Sarraj in Pretoria, South Africa, to discuss international efforts in support of a political solution to the conflict in Libya, according to a statement by the US embassy on Facebook on Wednesday.

“Ambassador Norland thanked the GNA for its serious engagement in the UN-facilitated Libyan-led economic, security, and political dialogues.” The statement reads.

According to the statement, during the meeting, the US ambassador expressed his deep concern about the fragile ceasefire around Tripoli, the ongoing oil production shutdown, and the continued displacement of Libyan families due to continued shelling of civilian areas and infrastructure.

This was ambassador Norland’s fourth meeting with Fayez Al-Sarraj since the former assumed his duties in August last year.

“In a separate meeting with South African officials, Ambassador Norland affirmed the United States’ desire to work with South Africa and the African Union to support UN-led peace efforts. South Africa, the African Union’s new chair, has committed to ending conflicts on the African continent, under the framework of “Silencing the Guns.” The statement adds.

It also says that in his discussions with Al-Sirraj and South African officials, ambassador Norland stressed the United States’ vision of a sovereign Libya free of foreign intervention.

He warned that the current conflict risks embroiling other parts of Africa as well as the eastern Mediterranean region, saying the United States will continue to support a political solution that allows the Libyan people to realize their desire for inclusive and democratic governance.

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