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Salame and Williams visit Misrata



The United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, and his deputy, Stephanie Williams, visited the city of Misrata, on Tuesday, accompanied with a delegation from the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to meet with the Municipality and the representatives of Misrata in the House of Representatives (HoR) and the State Council. Salame also met the military and local commanders and civil society, including women and youth.

In their meeting with Salame, the members of Misrata Municipality, the HoR, and the State Council expressed their support for the UN impartiality and the much-awaited economic reforms. They pushed forward the new security arrangements to remedy Tripoli’s current state and affirmed the need for a clear and united international position towards Libya.

Salame told the meeting attendees that “your support is needed to push forward with the economic and security reforms. The UN is working relentlessly with the Libyan counterparts on both fronts to ensure progress.”

Salame stated that “I am here to listen to you on your views on how best to break through the current political stalemate precipitated by Libya’s national bodies.”

He also said that “we are trying to replace the armed groups in Tripoli with a joint force. The Capital is for all Libyans, and so any and every Libyan must be able to access it in safety.”

In the meeting, Salame and Williams discussed the national and local reconciliation, combating corruption and human rights humiliation, and the political and transitional justice.

From their side, the activists in Misrata called for greater participation for women and youth in the Libyan political process and decision making. They also stressed the need for dialogue and tolerance.