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The US opposes Fayyad as UN envoy to Libya

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LIBYAPROSPECT – London

The United States has announced its opposition to the former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad being appointed as the United Nations (UN) new representative to Libya. Fayyad was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’.

It remains unclear whether the public objection expressed by the US ambassador the UN Nikki Haley has jeopardized Fayyad’s candidacy for the position. The US has attracted Palestinian condemnation after Haley released the statement on Friday.

Reuters reports that Fayyad’s appointee Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Saturday, that the decision to nominate Fayyad “was solely based on Mr. Fayyad’s recognized personal qualities and his competence for that position.”

The U.S. holds significant influence and power in the UN as it is one of the five permanent members of the UN security council, which also includes, Russia, China, Britain, and France.

Haley said in a statement “The United States was disappointed to see a letter indicating the intention to appoint the former Palestinian Authority prime minister to lead the UN Mission in Libya,” She added, “For too long the U.N. has been unfairly biased, in favour of the Palestinian Authority to the detriment of our allies in Israel,”

Reuters writes that she concluded her statement by saying that Washington encourages Israel and the Palestinians “to come together directly on a solution” to end their conflict. However, Dujarric responded to Haley by saying that the UN staff serve strictly “in their personal capacity. They do not represent any government or country.”

Has Haley jeopardized Fayyad’s bid to become the UN’s new representative to Libya?