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LONDON, -- Western and some Middle Eastern powers expressed support for Libya's U.N.-brokered unity government and Prime Minister Fayez Seraj's push to restore order across the chaotic country and revive its oil-based economy.
In London, officials from the United States, Britain, Italy, France, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia met Seraj for talks to tackle a standoff preventing the Government of National Accord (GNA) from expanding its authority outside the capital.
After the meeting, a spokeswoman for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the ministers, who included British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Italy's Paolo Gentiloni, said they had reaffirmed the "strong international support" for the GNA.
"The ministers underscored their support for increasing the capacity of the GNA ... to respond to the needs of the Libyan people," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said.
"The ministers also called upon all Libyan economic institutions to work together in support of this effort."
Her statement did not indicate whether any concrete action might ensue from the pledge of support.
The meeting included a session that focused on Libya's economy, in particular how to enforce economic decisions and stabilize the economy without a finance minister. The fractured North African state has two rival central bank governors and the GNA has been unable to appoint a finance minister.
Since the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in an uprising in 2011, Libya has been beset by factional fighting among brigades of ex-rebels who battled him and then turned on each other.
Western powers are alarmed about resistance to Seraj and his GNA from the country's eastern military commander General Khalifa Haftar, who has blocked a parliamentary vote to endorse the U.N.-backed authorities.
Source: Nam News Network