The announcement comes a day after the United States called on the UAE for its role in the North African country’s civil war.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) said it was ready to work with the United States to find a peaceful solution to the war in Libya, a day after being accused by President Joe Biden’s new administration of intervening in the conflict.
“There is an urgent need to redouble diplomatic efforts to resolve the conflict in Libya,” Lana Nusseibeh, United Arab Emirates ambassador to the UN, said on Friday.
“The UAE stands ready to work closely with all members of the Security Council, including the new US administration, to achieve a peaceful settlement for the Libyan people,” she said.
Nusseibeh said the country has welcomed the call by the Security Council for all foreign forces to withdraw from Libya. Foreign intervention in the conflict must end now. “
The day before, at a virtual Security Council meeting on Libya, the United States called on “all external parties, to include Russia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, to respect Libyan sovereignty and to cease immediately any military intervention in Libya ”.
The UAE – alongside Egypt and Russia – is backing Khalifa Haftar, an eastern-based renegade military commander who in April 2019 sought to take control of the capital Tripoli from the government in agreement national (GNA) recognized by the UN. The GNA is supported by Turkey.
“The UAE firmly believes that diplomatic and political solutions are the only way to end the Libyan conflict,” Nusseibeh said.
“The first priority is to preserve and strengthen the ceasefire agreement” agreed in October, she added.
“This will enable and encourage a Libyan-led political process and transition that responds to the aspirations of the Libyan people for stability, peace and prosperity,” Nusseibeh said.