Ghassan Salame, the new UN envoy for Libya, visited Benghazi, the capital of eastern Libya yesterday, Thursday (August 10th). Arriving from Tunisia where he met the Foreign Minister Wednesday, he landed at Benina airport, freshly reopened, just two weeks ago. The UN envoy continues his tour of listening in Libya as well as internationally, before proposing his tracks for a possible exit from the crisis in Libya.
As and extent of its meetings, Ghassan Salame, sent the UN special for Libya refines its knowledge of very complicated Libyan folder. Very cautious to his appointment in June, he alternated statements since the beginning of the month. Thus, passing in Tunis on Wednesday, he felt that wanting to exclude a personality like Marshal Khalifa Haftar from the Libyan political landscape is “unrealistic“.
In Benghazi, as elsewhere in Libya, Ghassan Salamé was warmly welcomed. Several political and social figures of the city came to meet him. He held discussions with student youth at the University of Benghazi, where teachers and students posed for photos with him. A half-destroyed university that was the scene of fighting for three years between the army and Islamists.
The UN envoy also took the time to meet with civil society actors. He reiterated his wish to accelerate the Libyan political process and announced that the UN would soon organize an international conference on clandestine migration without specifying the date.
Ghassan Salamé continues his listening tour for a few more weeks. It will be in the coming days in Cairo and then in Moscow.