Warm Reception for UN Special Representative Ghassan Salame in al-Qubbah and al-Bayda
Al- Qubbah, 6 August, 2017 - On his second day in Libya, Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya Ghassan Salame met with the Libyan House of Representatives’ President Agila Saleh in his residence in al-Qubbah.
“I welcome Dr. Ghassan Salamé here in al-Qubba. He is a substantial addition to the United Nations to resolve the political crisis in Libya, and I am ready to cooperate with him to the satisfaction of the Libyan stakeholders,” said Agila Saleh.
Speaking to the journalists after the meeting, the SRSG described the meeting as fruitful and said, "We have discussed ways to strengthen Libya's independence and the stability of its institutions, and all means to get the political process out of the whirlpool into which it has slipped.” “I sensed greater adherence by the President Agila to the Libyan national principles as well as a spirit of openness to other influential actors," he added.
In line with his strategy to meet with a wide range of interlocutors and stakeholders across Libya, the Special Representative met women activists in al-Bayda and exchanged views and suggestions on how best to advance the political process.
“Any solution must be Libyan led,” the SRSG told his interlocutors. “The UN is ready to work alongside you, to build on your proposals and national reconciliation efforts, to streamline the multiple initiatives, and to foster and direct consensus in order to assist Libya’s transition to peace and stability,” he added.