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UN Special Adviser for Libya vows to help achieve peace, stability in country

TUNIS, TUNISIA - NOVEMBER 16: Stephanie Williams, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) speaks during a press conference on the 7th and closing day of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, on November 16, 2020 in Tunis, Tunisia. The UN-brokered Libyan Political Dialogue Forum has been postponed until next week due to a lack of consensus on who will lead the transition process. ( Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency )
Stephanie Williams, head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) speaks during a press conference on the 7th and closing day of Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, on November 16, 2020 in Tunis, Tunisia [Yassine Gaidi - Anadolu Agency]

The Special Adviser for Libya to the UN Secretary General pledged, Thursday, to help bring peace and stability to the country, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"I am very happy to be back in this dear country and I hope to be able to contribute to helping the Libyans to consolidate ways of stability, consolidation of peace and progress towards a bright future," Stephanie Williams said on Twitter.

She also thanked UN Chief, Antonio Guterres, "for the confidence he has placed" in her as his Special Adviser on Libya.

Before her assignment to the post, the US diplomat served as an acting UN special envoy for Libya.

READ: Could Libya really have democratic and transparent elections?

Slovak diplomat, Jan Kubis, the previous UN special envoy for Libya, resigned from his post on 23 November.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of ruler, Muammar Gaddafi, in 2011.

Libya's presidential and parliamentary elections are set for 24 December under an UN-sponsored agreement reached by Libyan political rivals during meetings in Tunisia in November 2020.

Libyans hope that the coming elections will contribute to ending an armed conflict that has plagued the oil-rich country for years.

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