The US Ambassador to Libya and Special Envoy Richard Norland, together with the ambassadors of the UK, France, and Italy, met with the candidates for the Libyan presidential elections in the capital Tripoli. Presidential Council member Musa Al-Koni also attended the meeting.
In the statement made by the US Embassy, it was said that the meeting was held after the Paris Peace Conference on Libya and that the presidential elections were a first in the history of Libya.
Ambassador Norland also stated that, as the US, they stand with the Libyan people, the majority of whom want to go to the elections. In addition to this, Norland stated that they support the Libyan stakeholders in order for the elections to be held in a free and fair environment.
Expressing that they do not support any of the particular candidates, Norland added that the international community and local authorities should provide the necessary convenience in order for the Libyan voters to make a well-informed choice.
Among the candidates who Norland met with was Fathi Bashagha, the former Minister of Internal Affairs of the Government of National Accord (GNA), as well as other presidential candidates such as Assad Zhio and Sharif Al-Wafi.