Arab League Chief Warns of 'Dark Tunnel' if Libyan Polls Not Held on Time

Published July 18th, 2021 - 06:35 GMT
Arab League Secretary-General announces support for Libyan polls
Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit attends the Arab Foreign Minister's meeting in Cairo on July 27, 2017. (AFP Photo/Khaled Desouki)
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Aboul Gheit said earlier that the league adhered to the implementation of the political roadmap in Libya leading to elections being held on time

Arab League is fully supporting the Libyan government in leading the current transitional phase and assured the importance of holding elections on Dec. 24, Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit stated.

He stressed his full commitment to supporting the Libyans in bringing the country to safety after a prolonged period of turmoil.

He held talks on Friday with Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh on the sidelines of his visit to New York to participate in a UN Security Council meeting on the country.

The two men discussed the situation in Libya and relations with the Arab League. It was agreed that the secretary-general would visit at the earliest opportunity.

Aboul Gheit said earlier that the league adhered to the implementation of the political roadmap in Libya leading to elections being held on time.

He warned that not holding elections on the date agreed upon by all parties “may once again push the country into a dark tunnel of differences and political fragmentation, which no party desires.”

He emphasized that holding the presidential and legislative polls on Dec. 24 represented “a watershed on the path to saving Libya and preserving it as a sovereign united state.”

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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