The newly appointed Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, has asserted in his first official speech to Libyans, on Thursday, the importance of unity and state monopoly over weapons, while congratulating Libyans on the 64th independence anniversary and displaying the three main challenges ahead of the government.
Al-Sarraj identified the first challenge ahead of the Libyan government as “the chaos of weapons proliferation”. He said that the government aims at state’s monopoly on the use of force to impose sovereignty, security, rule of law and respect for human rights over the entire state.
Al-Sarraj addressed Libyans saying that the government’s fuel is not a magic wand but Libyans’ backing, support, awareness of imminent dangers, knowledge that this period requires a great sense of national responsibility, patience, and cooperation.
Economy and public services was the second issue addressed by Al-Sarraj, he said it needs critical and urgent reform and procedures to ensure the flow of basic services to end people’s suffering, especially in conflict areas.
“The third of these challenges is the national reconciliation, which requires us all to intensify our efforts to heal the rift, end the humanitarian crisis, and alleviate the suffering of many in our social fabric that the conflict turned into refugees and displaced, inside and outside the country” Al-Sarraj stated.
Al-Sarraj promised that fighting terrorism will be on top of the government’s agenda, especially groups in Benghazi, Sirte, Derna, and other areas under threat. “To tackle this imminent danger is the responsibility of all Libyans but above all the Government”, he added.
This Government will seek to benefit from the international supportive momentum to achieve national interests; security, border protection, stability and prosperity.
The United Nations Security Council has embraced on Wednesday the Libyan political deal and called on all parties to deal only with the official government and present the needed support for it to face challenges.
Al-Sarraj promised that the government will do its utmost to maintain the sovereignty of Libya and the consolidation of its role as a supporter of peace and security, economic development; regionally and internationally through co-ordination with neighboring countries and friendly countries in the international community to ensure excellent relations of good-neighborliness, mutual respect and common interests.
“This consensus, long awaited by Libyans, came after long and painstaking rounds of dialogue and negotiation; which have cost us dearly in terms of sovereignty, stability and the unity of our territory. Our citizens have paid a heavy price with the lives of our children, property, security and livelihood”, he said.
Al-Sarrraj said that the effectiveness and ability to accomplish is our main criteria in selections and appointments, mindful of inclusiveness and geographical balance to benefit citizens and addressing the abhorrent centralization and marginalization.
“We are in dire need of fostering a culture of dialogue as a community: “we” not “I”, and to work seriously to support and strengthen this culture”, Al-Sarraj said.
Al-Sarraj noted that Libya will always be for all Libyans adding that all Libyans are connected by past, present and future; “In the resistance of our fathers and grandfathers against colonization, a present in the resistance of our children and grandchildren in their struggle against tyranny and dictatorship, a future in the battle to save our country from the clutches of terrorism and to lay the foundations of our (modern) state”.
He pointed to the importance of media, civil society, businessmen, politicians, Intellectuals, tribal chiefs, dignitaries and the youth as the foundation of the Libyan nation-building, and above all the government.