NATO Secretary General and Libyan Foreign Minister discuss how NATO can support Libya
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Mohamed Taha Siala, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Libya on Friday (17 June 2016). They discussed the political and security situation in Libya. The Secretary General said he was encouraged by the progress made by the Government of National Accord led by Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and conveyed NATO’s support for the political dialogue process led by the United Nations.
During their meeting, they also addressed NATO’s possible assistance to Libya in the defence and security field, which would be part of the international efforts to help the country address existing security challenges. In line with the decisions adopted by NATO Heads of State and Government at the 2014 Wales Summit, NATO stands ready to assist Libya in the field of defence and security institution building, if requested by the Government of National Accord and in complementarity with the United Nations and the European Union.
The meeting of the Secretary General and Minister Taha Siala is part of the ongoing discussions on how NATO can help Libya develop its defence and security institutions. It follows a recent conversation of Mr. Stoltenberg and Prime Minister Fayez Al Sarraj and contacts between NATO and Libyan officials.