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High Representative Federica Mogherini today became the first international figure to meet with the new Libyan Presidency Council, led by designated prime minister Fayez al Serraj.
“The People of Libya deserve peace and security. And I think that there is not one single Libyan today who is not tired of war, conflict and sorrow. And with the Libyan political agreement, with the Presidency Council, with the Government of National Accord that we hope can be put in place soon, there is finally, after so many months, a real possibility to unite among Libyans and try to fight terrorism,” Mogherini said after the meetings and talks with Prime Minister-Designate Fayez al-Sarraj and the Presidency Council.
Mogherini expressed herself very satisfied with the meeting: “For the first time, after so many months, we started discussing concrete ways of supporting the Libyan people in different fields, very concrete discussions on the humanitarian support we can give, institution building, security track, all very concrete daily issues where the European Union cannot substitute, but can support a Libyan leadership to take responsibility.”
She underlined the need for the Libyan authorities to define priorities and stressed that the security situation remains extremely challenging, and that access is going to remain a challenge. “We have decided that our teams will continue to work very closely together to make all these projects happen in the near future.”
Mogherini thanked Tunisia for its support to the process as well as Kobler in bringing together the international community.
“But my first thanks in the name of all the Europeans is to all these Libyans that took the decision, the responsibility to start this process and to tell them that we are firmly at their side. Count on us as we count on you,” Mogherini concluded.