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FM calls for efforts to promote political settlement process in Libya

Updated: Sep 25,2021 08:47 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sept 24 called on all parties in Libya to steer clear of disruptions and overcome difficulties to steadfastly promote the process of political settlement in the country.

Wang made the remarks in a phone conversation with Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed Menfi at the latter's request on the sidelines of the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Chinese and Libyan people share traditional friendship, Wang said, noting that China firmly supports Libya in safeguarding its national sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and supports the efforts of Libya's Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity in maintaining stability, rebuilding the economy and advancing general elections and political process according to schedule.

China appreciates Libya's firm adherence to friendly policy toward China and its valuable support on issues related to China's core interests and major concerns, Wang noted.

China is willing to stand firmly with Libya to jointly uphold the principle of non-interference in internal affairs, a basic norm governing international relations, and safeguard the two countries' legitimate rights and the common interests of developing nations, he added.

Noting that the political process in Libya is at a critical stage and the peaceful situation is hard-won, Wang urged all parties to truly implement the "Libyan-led and Libyan-owned" principle, respect the choice of the Libyan people, and take Libya's legitimate concerns and reasonable aspirations into account.

Wang also called on all parties to stick to giving play to the United Nations' role as the main channel of mediation, and fully listen to the opinions of all factions in Libya as well as neighboring countries.

All parties should further strengthen international anti-terror cooperation and intelligence exchanges, and strictly guard against the cross-border movement of terrorists, so as to prevent extremist and terrorist forces from regaining strength in Libya, Wang said.

For his part, Menfi said Libya and China have friendly relations in history, and China is a true partner and friend of Libya. He expressed gratitude to China for consistently supporting the choice of the Libyan people and giving valuable support for the formation of a national unity government in Libya.

Practical cooperation between Libya and China has achieved fruitful results, and played an important role in maintaining social stability, Menfi said, adding that Libya is ready to work with China to open up a broader prospect for the two countries' relations.

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