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US blocks appointment of ex-Palestinian PM as UN envoy to Libya
Sunday, 12 February 2017

The United States on Friday blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to be the new UN envoy to Libya.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that she did not \"support the signal this appointment would send within the United Nations,\" where the state of Palestine does not have full membership.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had informed the Security Council this week of his intention to name Fayyad to lead the UN support mission in Libya and help broker talks on a faltering political deal.

Haley said the United States was \"disappointed\" to see the letter from Guterres, his first appointment of an envoy to a major conflict area.