Biden’s gov’t calls for end to foreign interference in Libya

The United States and several European governments have expressed support for the roadmap laid out for elections to be held in Libya late this year, in a joint statement issued on Thursday.

The governments of the United States, France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom “welcome the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s (LPDF) vote in favor of the selection mechanism for a new interim executive authority,” the U.S. State Department said.

The governments called for good faith and urgency among all Libyan parties for the adoption of a “unified and inclusive government.”

Calling foreign interference in Libya “toxic,” the governments said participants of the Berlin Conference “must continue to support a ceasefire,” and “restore full respect for the UN arms embargo.”

Turkey and Qatar support the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli in the conflict with opposition forces in the east led by rebel General Khalifa Haftar, who is backed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, among other countries.

Ankara’s military support -including drones, intelligences and logistics, and supplying of arms and Islamist mercenaries- turned the tide against Haftar’s 14-month-long Tripoli offensive in the GNA’s favour last summer.