China applauds formation of new gov’t in Libya: envoy

The outgoing Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj (C, front) , the new Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah (R, front) and the new President of the Presidency County Mohammed Menfi attend an official ceremony in Tripoli, Libya, March 16, 2021. (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)

UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua) — A Chinese envoy said on Wednesday that China applauds the formation of the new government in Libya.

“China applauds the formation of the new government in Libya, and hopes it will take over all executive functions as soon as possible to end the longstanding fragmentation and achieve national unity and political stability,” China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Dai Bing, told the Security Council videoconference briefing on the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

“We hope that under the leadership of the new government, all parties will continue to advance the political process in accordance with the road map and address differences by peaceful means such as dialogue and consultations,” said the envoy.

He noted that the international community must create good conditions for this. “UNSMIL should, under the leadership of Mr. (Jan) Kubis (Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Libya, and Head of UNSMIL), strengthen coordination and cooperation with all parties and international and regional organizations in providing targeted assistance to the political transition in Libya, especially with regards to the general elections.”

Noting that the political process has continued to make progress, the people have ushered in a new dawn, and the country’s development has entered a new stage, the Chinee envoy stressed that “we sincerely hope that all parties in Libya will put the interests of the country and people first, maintain the current momentum and continue to redouble their efforts and work together towards lasting peace and development.”

The newly-selected Libyan government of National Unity on March 16 officially took office from the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

The new executive authority was selected recently by the UN-backed Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, which agreed to hold general elections in the country on Dec. 24, 2021.  ■