US, UK vow to help restore stability to Libya

Published November 25th, 2013 - 05:27 GMT
Members and vehicles of the Al-Qaaqa brigade from Zintan get ready to vacate the premises of their Tripoli quarter on November 21, 2013, as part of a government decision to remove militias from the capital. Libya's international allies on Sunday pledged to bring stability to the country. (AFP)
Members and vehicles of the Al-Qaaqa brigade from Zintan get ready to vacate the premises of their Tripoli quarter on November 21, 2013, as part of a government decision to remove militias from the capital. Libya's international allies on Sunday pledged to bring stability to the country. (AFP)

U.S Secretary of State John Kerry has vowed to work closely with the international community and Libya's leadership to restore order in the restive country following a recent escalation of violence in the north African country.

Speaking late in London following discussions with his British counterpart William Hague and recently kidnapped Libyan Prime Minster Ali Zeidan, Secretary Kerry said: “We talked to the prime minister today about the things we can do together - the United Kingdom and the United States and its other friends - in order to help Libya to achieve the stability that it needs,” according to Agence France Presse.

“Libya has gone through great turmoil, particularly after the course of the last weeks,” the US official added.

“And the Prime Minister informed us of a transformation that he believes is beginning to take place and could take place because the people of Libya have spoken out and pushed back against the militias,” Kerry noted, AFP reported.

“So this is a moment of opportunity where there’s a great deal of economic challenge, there’s a great deal of security challenge,” he added.

Despite the recent upswing in violence, Zeidan stressed that his country had “done a lot to get rid of the militias” and praised the work of Libya's international allies who are committed to restoring peace to the country. 

As a result, the Prime Minister, who was recently kidnapped by a militia, predicted that Libya would become “an active contributor on the world arena," AFP reported.

Hague also pledged Britain’s support to help Libya establish security and democracy and, along with Kerry, welcomed the withdrawal of armed militias from Tripoli, according to AFP.


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