Libyan Cloud News Agency – Sirte
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) welcomed the official opening of the coastal road on Friday, July 30, in the presence of UNSMIL.
In a statement, the UNSMIL congratulated the Libyan people, national and local authorities, institutions, and stakeholders involved, especially the role of 5+5 Joint Military Committee (JMC) in this landmark and historic achievement.
It praised the support provided by the Presidential Council and the Government of National Unity under the leadership of the Prime Minister in this regard.
The Head of UNSMIL, Jan Kubis, hailed the ongoing efforts and achievements of the 5+5 JMC and its sub-committees for laying foundations for durable peace in Libya.
“The opening of the coastal road is another step in strengthening peace, security, and stability in the country, and in the unification of its institutions,” said Kubis.
He added that the work of the 5+5 JMC is also a signal to the leaders of the country to set aside their differences and work together to implement the Roadmap and hold elections on 24 December 2021.
He indicated that the opening of the Coastal Road is a critical step to further the implementation of the Ceasefire Agreement of 23 October 2020 and, equally importantly, to allow the free movement of commerce, humanitarian support and the people of Libya.
He concluded that the next major step in the ceasefire agreement’s implementation process is to commence the withdrawal of all mercenaries, foreign fighters, and forces from Libya without delay, starting with the withdrawal of the first groups of foreign mercenaries and fighters from both sides.