General view of the conference./ Photo: @MAECgob
The Diplomat. 15/11/2018
The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, reiterated yesterday the “permanent commitment” of Spain with Libya and its “constant support” to the “central role of the United Nations” in the crisis of the North African country.
Also, during his speech at the international conference in Palermo on Libya – convened by Italy in a restricted format and attended by some thirty countries and international organizations -, the Secretary of State highlighted “the need to overcome the current status quo through of a commitment of the Libyan actors to allow the transition process to be completed in an inclusive manner in pursuit of the stability, democracy, unity and prosperity to which the Libyan people aspire”.
Valenzuela also said that Spain will continue supporting the efforts of the special representative of the United Nations Secretary General, Ghassan Salame, to promote the improvement of security, economic reforms and the political process, including the convening of a National Conference and the establishment of an electoral calendar for the spring of 2019.
The Secretary of State also warned of the need to pay “special attention” to issues related to human dignity, such as the situation in prisons, the empowerment of women or migration issues, highlighting, in this regard, the recent increase in migratory flows to our country.