G7 calls for Libyan elections, action on African security

By Laureen Fagan - 20 May 2023 at 5:40 pm
G7 calls for Libyan elections, action on African security

The leaders of G7 nations called on Libya to hold presidential elections by the end of this year, working with the African Union, Arab League and United Nations toward the long-delayed goal.

“We urge all Libyan stakeholders to work constructively on the political process,” said a G7 communique issued at the completion of talks in Hiroshima on Saturday. The communique focused on democratic norms and security concerns on the African continent, as well as broader issues of food security, climate challenge, China and the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“We are seriously concerned about the growing presence of the Russia-affiliated Wagner Group forces on the continent and their destabilizing impact and human rights abuses,” the G7 said on security. “Keeping in mind the situations in West Africa and the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and the Great Lakes regions, we will work together to support African-led efforts on peace, stability and prosperity on the continent.”

Among the concerns is March 23 Movement armed group activity in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, with the G7 appealing to M23 to withdraw from all territories currently under its control, as well as the renewed conflict in Sudan.

Turning to Tunisia, the G7 leaders appealed to President Kais Saied to reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund in order to address the North African nation’s economic crisis. The G7 also said they had exceeded last year’s joint commitment of US$14 billion toward global food security but would continue to provide assistance due to the extraordinary need in places including the Horn of Africa.

The G7 said it will continue to hold the G20 Compact with Africa, launched in 2017 under German leadership, as a “key framework to enhance the business environment.”

Image: President Emmanuel Macron, France

Laureen Fagan

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Laureen is a freelance journalist creating high-quality, informed content on international affairs, politics and technology. She has worked both in and out of newsrooms since 2000. She is a former paramedic with significant experience in community resilience and nonprofit community development initiatives, and maintains "a passion for action" on sustainability and climate change. She also is trained in conflict resolution and diversity, and has special interests in science and medical reporting, and culture and religion issues. Laureen received her MSJ from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in the United States, and completed additional graduate study in theology at University of Notre Dame. Follow Laureen on Mastodon at @laureen@m.ai6yr.org

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