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Aboul Gheit chairs a coordination meeting with the United Nations and the African and European Union on Libya

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, chaired today, Tuesday, a coordination meeting of the Quartet on Libya, which includes (the Arab League, the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union), to discuss the joint effort that the four organizations can undertake in support of the political process In Libya, to reach an integrated and purely national settlement of the situation in the country.

An official source at the League’s General Secretariat stated that the meeting, which was held via video conference and is the sixth of its kind for the Quartet, was held at the level of leaders of the four organizations, and witnessed the participation of António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Monique Nsanzbagaganwa, Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission, who represented the Chairperson of the Commission, Musa Fakih Mohamed.

The source indicated that the Quartet reviewed and commended the important progress that Libya has witnessed over the past months, through reaching a ceasefire agreement and stabilizing the military calm in the field, holding the Libyan political dialogue forum under the auspices of the United Nations, and choosing and installing the new interim executive authority under the leadership of Chairman of the Presidential Council, Muhammad Al-Manfi, and President of the Government of National Unity, Abd al-Hamid al-Dabaiba.

In this context, the committee discussed the joint efforts that the four organizations could make in order to advance and complete the political path in the country by implementing the rest of the steps and entitlements stipulated in the road map, which the dialogue forum had approved, leading to the holding of presidential and legislative elections as scheduled. End of next December.

The committee stressed the need to continue to support the efforts made by the Libyan parties, especially through the Joint Military Committee (5 + 5), to implement the security steps and arrangements and confidence-building measures stipulated in the ceasefire agreement, on top of which is to reach a Libyan mechanism to monitor the ceasefire. With UN support, and the immediate and unconditional removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries from all Libyan lands, in a way that restores Libya's full sovereignty and preserves its territorial integrity and national unity.

The source added that the committee also agreed on the importance of dealing with the threat posed by armed militias and to start implementing urgent and systematic programs to identify, limit and dismantle these groups without delay, especially in order to create a favorable security environment for the upcoming elections.

He pointed out that the committee agreed on a set of steps aimed at pushing forward the complementary work and enhancing coherence in positions between the Arab League, the United Nations, and the African and European Union in the next stage. The four organizations also agreed to hold the next meeting of the committee during the second half of this year to follow up on this effort and maintain the coordinated international momentum accompanying the political process in Libya until it is crowned with success.