Readout of the Secretary-General's phone call with Mr. Mustafa Abdel-Jalil
New York, 23 August 2011The Secretary-General has been speaking to a number of world leaders, including the heads of regional and international organizations, over the past two days in an effort to coordinate the international response to the recent developments in Libya. All of his interlocutors underlined the importance of the United Nations taking a lead role on behalf of the international community in helping the Libyan people face the challenges ahead.
As part of that effort, the Secretary-General spoke by phone this morning with Mr. Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya, who expressed appreciation for the United Nations' work in Libya and the role played by the Secretary-General's Special Envoy, Abdel-Elah al-Khatib. Mr. Abdel-Jalil especially emphasized the significance of UN support in the post-conflict period in Libya.
The Secretary-General stressed the need for national unity, reconciliation and inclusiveness as well as the protection of diplomatic premises. Mr. Abdel-Jalil assured him that the National Transitional Council would take those issues seriously.