ISTANBUL (AA) – Libya’s prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh had a meeting with William Burns, US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director, in Tripoli on Thursday.
According to a statement by Prime Minister’s media office, the meeting was also attended by Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush, intelligence chief Hussein Al-Aeb and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Adel Gomaa.
“During the meeting, Burns stressed the need to develop economic and security cooperation between the two countries, praising the state of stability and growth witnessed by Libya during the recent period,” said the statement.
Dbeibeh said: “the goal of the Government of National Accord is to stabilize Libya and find international support for elections to take place.”
Oil-rich Libya has remained in turmoil since 2011, when longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted after four decades in power.
The situation has worsened since last March, when the East Libya-based parliament appointed a new government led by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, but Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh insists he will cede authority only to a government that comes through an “elected parliament.” This has raised fears that Libya could slip back into a civil war.