An AU statement on Friday quoted the Chairperson of the AU Commission as saying that the necessary steps are being taken to enable the pan-African bloc to play its rightful role in support of peace efforts in Libya.
Dlamini-Zuma made the remarks on Thursday during her meeting with Ambassador Nuri Mohamed Bait Almal, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of the State of Libya, at the AU Headquarters in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, according to the statement.
Ambassador Mahfud Rajab Rahiam, Permanent Representative of Libya to the AU, has also attended the meeting between the Chairperson of the AU Commission and the Special Envoy.
The Special Envoy briefed the Chairperson of the AU Commission on the peace and security situation in Libya, including the presence of terrorist groups affiliated to the so-called Islamic State.
The Special Envoy indicated that the worsening scourge of terrorism was a threat not only to Libya but also to the region and the rest of the continent.
He conveyed the wish of the Libyan Government to see the AU playing a more active and prominent role, according to the statement.
The Chairperson of the AU Commission reiterated the AU’s deep concern about the prevailing situation.
Dlamini-Zuma stressed the critical role to be played by the AU, given its responsibilities towards the promotion of peace, security and stability in the entire continent and the far reaching implications of the present situation for regional security and stability.
In this respect, she indicated that the necessary steps are being taken to enable the AU to play its rightful role in support of peace efforts in Libya, in coordination with the neighboring countries and the United Nations. Enditem