24 December 2015 – I congratulate all Libyans on the occasion of the country's Independence Day. Today marks 64 years since Libya declared its independence. Despite the challenges facing the country today, Libya has remained an independent, sovereign country with territorial integrity since 1951.
Some of the lessons from the birth of Libya can help us today. Like now, Libya was then faced with the task of creating and uniting behind new common institutions.
Today it is one week since the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement which puts the country back on the path to build a modern democratic state. I encourage all Libyans to unite behind the new inclusive government institutions.
The year ahead, Libya’s 65th year as an independent state, will be an important one. With the signing of the Libyan Political Agreement Libyans have a clear plan for rebuilding a strong, united and peaceful Libya. It is important for all Libyans to unite in support of the Government of National Accord – one government for one country. In unity there is peace. In peace there is prosperity.