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Libyan Presidential Council chairman meets US officials in Tunis

Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez Al-Sarraj met here on Thursday with Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) Gen. Thomas Waldhauser and Charge d'Affaires of the US Embassy in Libya Ambassador Donald Blum.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed the latest political and security developments in the north African country, particularly the recent events in the capital Tripoli and its environs, as well as the US-Libya cooperation.

Ambassador Blum welcomed the ceasefire in Tripoli and called on all parties to abide by the truce. He stressed the US commitment to support the UN-backed Government of National Accord in facing terrorism, pointing in this regard, to the latest terrorist attack on the headquarters of the National Oil Corporation (NOC) in Tripoli.

The ambassador also stressed the US strong support for the democratic process in Libya and for the efforts of UN Special Envoy Ghassan Salame and every endeavor aimed at achieving security and stability in the country.

The meeting also reviewed the joint effort between the two countries in combating ISIS and Al-Qaeda, where Gen. Waldhauser noted the importance of strategic cooperation in this aspect, spelling out the efforts of AFRICOM forces in combating the remnants of these terrorist groups in coordination with the GNA.

For his part, Al-Sarraj welcomed the US commitment to support his government and its effective assistance in defeating the terrorist and extremist organizations within the strategic partnership between the two countries. He added that his government is willing to expand the US-Libya strategic cooperation to include the fields of investment and development.

Source: International Islamic News Agency