In an interview will a local newspaper, the US’ acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Joey Hood, stated that the political process in Libya should be led by the Libyans and that the December 24 elections will be a very important step in the name of democratic progress.
Emphasizing that the main purpose of the US is to create an independent, stable, secure and united Libyan state, Hood expressed that they prioritize the establishment of a democratic government that supports human rights and ensures border security. The US diplomat also underlined that Washington is increasing its diplomatic focus on supporting progress in Libya through the work of US Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland.
Hood has called for the completion of the constitutional basis and election law to ensure the success of the elections.
When asked about Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi, Hood said that the United States has no position on potential candidates. In addition to this, Hood stated that they support the efforts of the UN Security Council to return the frozen assets of Libya to the Libyan people. Assets belonging to the Gaddafi family and the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) were frozen after 2011 due to the danger of falling into the hands of terrorist groups.