The United Nations (UN), Germany, and other countries together at the Berlin conference held on Wednesday aimed towards ensuring progress of Libya, as elections approach among others.
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The Berlin conference meeting was a follow-up to the January 2020 conference of the UN. Anthony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State was present at the foreign ministry in Berlin where the meeting took place.
During the meeting, UN leaders agreed to respect an arms embargo and to push Libya’s warring parties to reach a full cease-fire.
“Let us all together work in establishing and consolidating stability in Libya. The stability of Libya is essential to paving the way for and holding credible transparent and national elections in December. It’s also imperative for reinstating Libyan sovereignty”, said Najla Mangoush, Libyan Foreign Minister.
So far, Germany has tried to act as an intermediary. Countries involved in the process also include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, along with Italy, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates which has suspended flights from quite a number of African countries in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
According to Heiko Maas, German Foreign Minister, the international community would not rest until the last foreign fighters had left the North African nation.
“The fact that we have gathered here today and that we have all come back is proof that we will give the guarantee, both the participants in the Libya Conference and, above all, the United Nations, that we will not let up and that we will not rest until the last foreign forces have left Libya”, Maas said to the delegates.
Najla Mangoush added saying stability is essential for Libya to organize national elections, as planned, at the end of 2021. He expressed hope that foreign mercenaries will pull out of the country soon.
By Elijah Christopher
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