UN SG appointed special adviser to Libya

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed American Stephanie Williams as his special adviser on Libya.

Ms Williams, whose position will be based in Tripoli, will lead good offices and mediate efforts and commitments with Libyan regional and international stakeholders to continue the implementation of the three pillars of intra-Libyan dialogue – political, security and economic. Can you UN SG spokesman Stephane Dujarric said during his daily press briefing.

He said it would also continue efforts to support holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in the country. The UN spokeswoman said Ms Williams has extensive experience in diplomacy and foreign security policy at the international level and in her own country.

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The US has served as Interim Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) (2020-2021) and Deputy Special Representative (Political) for UNSMIL (2018-2020).

The appointment follows the resignation of Slovak Jan Kubis, the Special Envoy to the UN Secretary-General, last November. The latter had offered to remain in office until the Libyan elections to be held in late December.

(with MAP)

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