The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Liu Jieyi (China):
The members of the Security Council welcome recent efforts to strengthen an inclusive political dialogue among all Libyans, supported by Libya’s neighbours, international partners and regional organizations within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement endorsed by United Nations Security Council resolution 2259 (2015).
In that context, the members of the Security Council welcome the meeting of Fayez al Sarraj, President of the Presidency Council of Libya, and General Khalifa Haftar, Commander of the LNA, hosted in Paris by the President of France on 25 July, and the Joint Declaration issued after the meeting.
Council members urge all Libyans to support a negotiated political solution, national reconciliation, and an immediate ceasefire, as called for in the Joint Declaration.
The members of the Security Council underscore the importance of the United Nations’ central role in facilitating Libyan-led political dialogue, welcome the appointment of the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Ghassan Salamé, and look forward to supporting his efforts to facilitate a political solution in Libya. Council members further welcome the Secretary General’s personal involvement in helping Libyans build stability, security, and national unity.