Morocco’s chief diplomat meets senior Libyan officials to bridge differences

The talks in Rabat are the latest in several inter-Libyan dialogues held in the North African kingdom since September.
Saturday 05/06/2021
Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita receives the speaker of Libya’s parliament Aguila Saleh in Morocco’s capital Rabat on June 4, 2021. (AFP)
Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita receives the speaker of Libya’s parliament Aguila Saleh in Morocco’s capital Rabat on June 4, 2021. (AFP)

RABAT--Morocco’s foreign minister met on Friday with two senior Libyan officials as part of ongoing efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in the war-torn country, his ministry said.

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita met separately with Khalid al-Mishri, head of the High Council of State based in the Libyan capital Tripoli, and eastern powerbroker Aguila Saleh, speaker of Libya’s parliament, as part of “Morocco’s efforts to resolve the Libyan crisis,” a statement said.

The statement also emphasised Morocco’s “unwavering support for enhanced communication and dialogue between the various parties to establish stability and peace in this brotherly Maghreb country.”

The two men arrived on Thursday to take part in a new round of talks on key institutional appointments in Libya, according to Morocco. They also attended several meetings with Moroccan officials, including the Speaker of Morocco’s House of Representatives Habib Al-Malki, and the Speaker of the House of Councillors Hakim Benchamach.

In a statement to the media, Saleh emphasised Morocco’s role, saying that the country’s efforts had helped in the formation of a single, executive authority consisting of a presidential council and a government of national unity that is now operational in Libya.

Mishri, on his part, noted Morocco’s role in the peace process that suddenly ended years of bloody conflict.

Morocco’s support has been “decisive in bringing together points of view between the different parties and the outcome of consensus likely to pave the way for a final political settlement of the Libyan crisis,” the head of the Tripoli-based High Council of State said.

Previous Libyan discussions hosted by Morocco have centred on positions including Libya’s central bank governor and the heads of the electoral commission, the anti-corruption commission and the Supreme Court.

The talks in Rabat are the latest in several inter-Libyan dialogues held in the North African kingdom since September.

Libya is seeking to extricate itself from a decade of chaos and conflict that followed the toppling of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi in the 2011 NATO-backed uprising.

A formal truce signed last October set in motion a UN-led process that led to the creation of an interim government tasked with unifying the country’s divided institutions, launching reconstruction efforts and preparing for December polls.

Germany will host a new set of peace talks later this month in Berlin, with Libya’s transitional government due to attend.