The Libyan Address Journal
The US ambassador to Tripoli, Richard Norland, has agreed with the head of the Government of National Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, on the need to focus on a ceasefire and a political solution in central Libya, according to the US embassy.
The US embassy stated that Norland spoke on Sunday and Monday with “Libyan political figures and officials on Sunday and Monday to assess progress in operationalizing the statements issued on Friday regarding a ceasefire and resumption of oil production in Libya.”
Norland told al-Sarraj in a phone call on Sunday that the GNA’s statement, along with that issued by House of Representatives Speaker Aguila Saleh, “represented very positive developments.”
The embassy stated that Norland agreed with al-Sarraj on the need for the UNSMIL-hosted “5+5” format “to focus immediately on modalities of a ceasefire and how to establish an effective demilitarized solution in central Libya that begins the process of de-escalation and departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya.”
In a call with Ihya Libya chairman Dr. Aref Nayed on Monday, the Ambassador discussed “the growing political pluralism in Libya as Dr. Nayed and Speaker Saleh expand the range of voices calling for a genuine intra-Libyan dialogue in support of a political solution to the conflict.”