Talks for a Libyan dialogue began in the city of Bo-zniqa, south of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, last Saturday, between members of the Supreme Council of State and Tobruk Parliament, in preparation for the political settlement that we hope to reach to bring about an end to bloodshed and a permanent ceasefire, and to address a number of pending issues.
And to put a stop to tampering with state institutions and militarization the state by Haftar, end toxic foreign interference, and stop support one-man rule to undermine the Libyan people’s freedom of choice and the peaceful transfer of power.
On the 17th of December 2015, a political agreement was previously signed in the Moroccan city of Skhirat, which resulted in the formation of a presidential council for the Government of National Accord, in addition to prolonging the life of the parliament, and the creation of a higher state council.
Efforts to find solutions to the Libyan crisis
Head of the Supreme Council of State Khaled Al-Mishri said that the dialogue between members of the Supreme Council and the representatives of Tobruk in Morocco are endeavors to discuss solutions to the Libyan crisis and protect the lives of Libyans and are not, as some claim, dividing positions and making concessions.
Al-Mishri added in an interview with Al-Jazeera on Monday that they have previous understandings in Tunisia regarding the amendment of the presidential council of a president and two deputies, the separation of the prime minister, and the mechanism for selecting the sovereign positions, noting that these consultations aim to search for ways to start the dialogue instead of ways to resume fighting, according to him.
Al-Mishri indicated that in this dialogue there are no representatives of Haftar and he is completely outside the political scene, noting that they are monitoring the military support that reaches Haftar in Sirte and Al-Jufra and that the Emirates and the Russian “Wagner” company are the two that still support the latter, stressing the readiness of the Libyan army to respond to any move from Haftar and his militias.
The atmosphere for dialogue is positive
For his part, a member of the Supreme Council of State participating in the Bahia Palace in Rabat, Morocco, Abdel Salam Safrani, said on Tuesday that the meetings were dominated by a positive atmosphere and we reached initial understandings with the delegation of Parliament about the criteria for selecting the sovereign positions.
In a statement to Arraed, Safrani confirmed that during the dialogue sessions, several mechanisms were proposed by the two delegations to reach the designation of the sovereign positions taking into account the geographical aspect, including mechanisms that guarantee broad participation and not sharing.
Safrani stressed the need to end the division, fight corruption, stop wasting public money and unify the state’s sovereign institutions so that these institutions combat all forms of corruption and offer mutual support for the executive authorities and help them fulfill their tasks and preserve the state’s sovereignty.
Safrani stressed the right of the State Council and the House of Representatives to choose the seven sovereign positions in accordance with Article 15 of the political agreement, stressing that the talks would continue for another day.
Regarding the latest developments, Safrani indicated that the discussions are continuing, and that we stopped today for the purpose of consultations after each delegation presented what it had, and that talks will resume again tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
Safrani valued Moroccan efforts to provide an environment for Libyan dialogue, with a great international momentum in support of consultations, hoping to reach agreements and understandings in the future.
Return to dialogue brings hope
For his part, Tobruk House of Representatives member Ezzeddine Qweireb said, Tuesday, that returning to political dialogue alone sends hope for the possibility of resolving the crisis at all levels, stressing that there are four movements against any rapprochement or change of the Presidency Council.
During his meeting with the “Libya Panorama” channel, Qweireb explained that these four political sides are considered dangerous fronts and stand against any attempt. They are Fayez Al-Sarraj’s front and the Tripoli forces around him, and they are among the most adherent to the lack of any rapprochement between the parliament and the state, which may result in an agreement ending the current situation. .
Qweireb explained that the other group is a military side afraid of marginalization, a group calling for the monarchy, and supporters of the former regime, trying to distort any convergences that might happen.