London meeting shows support for Libyan Government of National Accord
(Octoberj 31) In London, U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry met with the Libyan Prime Minister Faiez Serraj, U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, representatives from Italy, UAE, France, and Martin Kobler, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SSRG)
|The group met to discuss efforts to support the UN-brokered Libyan Government of National Accord(GNA). Among the problems facing the GNA is an acute cash shortage with PM Faiez Serraj trading charges of blame with the Central Bank Governor Sadiq al-Kabir. In spite of oil production almost having doubled since the NOC was able to begin exports again after eastern commander Khalifa Haftar seized four key export ports, the financial crisis has not eased. As Reuters describes the situation: "A meeting convened by Britain and the United States in London on Monday is seen as a last-ditch effort to get Seraj and Kabir to work together and save Libya's economy from deeper failure."|
There is strong international support for the Government of National Accord (GNA), internationally recognised as the sole legitimate government of Libya, to succeed and the situation in Libya has implications not just for regional stability, but also for the U.K. Building a safe, secure and prosperous Libya that is able to confidently tackle the challenges in the region is in all of our interests. It is now imperative that the GNA makes swift progress on delivering public services: electricity in homes and cash in banks, for the benefit of all Libyans.
The ministers also emphasized the international community's commitment to providing the Government of National Accord technical, economic, humanitarian, security and counter-terrorism assistance. They also emphasized the importance of the GNA moving forward with its work to form a new cabinet proposal that represents all parts of Libya.