London hosted a meeting on Thursday to support the political process in Libya and back the efforts of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and his special envoy Ghassan Salame.The foreign ministers of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United Nations envoy to Libya attended the meeting.“Libya is a front line in our common struggle against terrorism and illegal migration and we all share a vital interest in that country’s stability. Our shared goal is to break the political deadlock and rally behind the United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame as he seeks to bring all sides together,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said during a joint news conference with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.The Italian foreign ministry said in a statement that the London meeting discussed the status of the political process in Libya and exchanged views on how to support the work of the United Nations in light of the meeting to be convened by the UN Secretary-General on the sidelines of the General Assembly in New York next week.Meanwhile, the UN Security Council extended on Thursday for one year the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), focused on supporting the North African country’s political process and key national institutions, as well as coordination of international assistance.
From London on Thursday, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillirson and his UK counterpart, Boris Johnson both reiterated full support for the UNSMIL and the UN envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, in their efforts to regain stability in Libya. The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said no harm in holding elections in Libya once the legal ground is set for the democratic event. Meanwhile, Tellirson said the US fully supports Salame’s efforts in Libya, adding that all solutions to the Libyan issue must be under the auspices of the UN. He also stressed that the US is keen on avoiding having Libya become an epicenter for terrorists or the reemergence of IS militants.