Marco Rubio joins other U.S. lawmakers to re-introduce The Libya Stabilization Act

Alwasat - Cairo Thu 25 Feb 2021, 05:35 PM
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Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio joined Senators Chris Coons, Lindsey Graham and Chris Murphy in efforts to reintroduce the Libya Stabilization Act.

The bill seeks to "strengthen U.S. policy in support of a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Libya."

Under the bill, "those who commit human rights violations, support foreign military intervention or threaten peace, security and stability in Libya are punished."

It also requests "a report on foreign interventions in the conflict, and a strategy to counter Russian influence," and would "mobilize resources, including humanitarian assistance, to strengthen good governance in Libya, strengthen the fight against corruption, support free and fair elections, and promote economic recovery."

Representatives Ted Deutsch, Joe Wilson, Ted Liu and Tom Malinowski reintroduced similar legislation in the House of Representatives.

For his part, Senator Marco Rubio expressed his "pride" in rejoining Senator Coons in reintroducing "this important law," which seeks to "strengthen U.S. policy toward Libya" to support a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.

"It is in our interests and the interests of our allies and partners that Libya is stable and secure, and we must continue to work to hold accountable those responsible for destabilizing it and impose serious sanctions on them," he said.

For his part, said Senator Chris Coons said that the law imposes penalties on those who "seek to stand in the way of a diplomatic solution in Libya."

"The United States must do everything in its power to maintain this positive momentum and ensure that foreign intervention or any other crisis does not derail the political process,"he said, referring to the results of the political dialogue forum and its selection of a new transitional authority, under the auspices of the United Nations.

While Senator Lindsey Graham said the goal of the project is to "prevent the Libyan conflict from spreading, turning the entire area into a breeding ground for terrorists."

Senator Chris Murphy added that the war in Libya "plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis and provided a vacuum for extremist groups to work."

We need to hold accountable all those who seek to spoil Libya's democratic transition and support Libya's democratic institutions with high-level funding and diplomacy," he said.

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