US Seeks to Encourage Libyans on Reconciliation, Dialogue

Meeting of the American delegation with the UN envoy to Libya (US Embassy)
Meeting of the American delegation with the UN envoy to Libya (US Embassy)
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US Seeks to Encourage Libyans on Reconciliation, Dialogue

Meeting of the American delegation with the UN envoy to Libya (US Embassy)
Meeting of the American delegation with the UN envoy to Libya (US Embassy)

US Special Envoy to Libya Richard Norland has expressed his country’s strong support for the UN mission’s efforts to pave the way for dialogue in order to advance the political process.

Commenting on his meeting with Abdoulaye Bathily, the head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, in Tripoli on Wednesday, Norland said that outstanding contentious files could only be resolved through dialogue and concessions.

The meeting was attended by Josh Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Jeremy Brent, Chargé d’Affaires of the US Embassy, and touched on the importance of a unified plan for the reconstruction of Derna and flood-affected areas.

Norland explained that the US delegation discussed with Tamer Mostafa, the Egyptian Ambassador to Libya, ways through which Egypt and the United States could work with all Libyan parties to resolve the outstanding political issues and advance the political process.

He also pointed to the delegation’s discussion with President of the National Oil Corporation Farhat Bengdara over a strategy for increasing production.

For his part, Bathily stressed the importance of having what he described as “a unified Libyan leadership that works to achieve reconciliation, with concerted efforts and a common vision.”

On Tuesday evening, the American delegation held talks in Benghazi with Khalifa Haftar, Commander-in-Chief of the Libyan National Army.

Discussions underlined the importance of supporting the UN mission’s efforts to bring all sides together, and for Libyan leaders from all parties to cooperate to ensure an appropriate environment that enables the population to choose their representatives freely in the upcoming municipal elections.

The delegation also stressed the US support for the efforts made to unify the Libyan army, preserve Libyan sovereignty, and ensure that reconstruction efforts in Derna and other areas affected by the floods are implemented in a timely and transparent manner, based on expert assessments and the needs of the people.



Gaza Health Ministry: 70 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Fire in Khan Younis

Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
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Gaza Health Ministry: 70 Palestinians Killed by Israeli Fire in Khan Younis

Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)
Smoke rises following Israeli bombardments in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, July 22, 2024. (AP Photo/Abdel Kareem Hana)

Seventy Palestinians were killed and more than 200 wounded by Israeli fire on the city of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, Gaza's Health Ministry said on Monday.

It said some of the wounded were in a "dangerous condition.”

Another strike hit outside Al-Aqsa Hospital in the central town of Deir-Al-Balah, where many people were living in tents on the street, killing one person and wounding three.

The attacks came as the Israeli military ordered the evacuation of part of a crowded area in the Gaza Strip it had designated a humanitarian zone, saying it is planning an operation against Hamas militants there. The order triggered a new flight of Palestinians, many of whom had taken refuge there just in the past weeks.

The Health Ministry said the toll from Israel’s nine-month war against Hamas in Gaza has surpassed 39,000 Palestinians killed and 89,800 wounded.