Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Thursday said that India remains committed to supporting Libya and the Libyan people in their endeavor to bring about lasting peace in the country. He noted that there has been a sense of optimism with regard to situation in Libya over last few months. In his statement at the UN Security Council Briefing on United Nations Support Mission in Libya, Mr Shringla said, the Council witnessed and welcomed the political progress achieved, including establishment of the Government of National Unity charged with the conduct of elections on 24 December this year. He said the next six months are critical for Libya and polls need to be held as planned in a free and fair manner. He said, Libyan parties particularly ‘Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’ need to drive workable solution.
The Foreign Secretary said the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Libya needs to be safeguarded. He also said, the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement and successive Security Council resolutions need to be respected.