Situation in Libya

Morocco hosting talks between warring Libyan sides

By Yassmine Elsayed /See News/ – The warring parties in Libya are reportedly meeting tomorrow in Morocco amid regional and international efforts to bring them back on the negotiation table to reach a political settlement.

This morning, a report by the “Al Arabiya” news quoted informed sources saying that negotiations between the Libyan parties will start Sunday, in a suburb of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, following an intensive European effort, to push for the resumption of Libyan-Libyan negotiations.

According to the sources, it is expected that the meeting will take place at the “expert level,” as worded by the sources.

This comes at a time when the Libyan talks are expected to resume in Geneva as well within days, after a major European push in this direction.

Josep Borrell, high representative of the European Union’s foreign and security policy, had intensified his meetings during the past days in this regard, as he met with the head of the Libyan Government -Al-Wefaq, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and members of the Government Council in Tripoli, after the ceasefire agreement was announced, and he also met with the Speaker of Parliament Aguila Saleh.

On the other hand, it was reported that some disagreements were uncovered into the Supreme Council which supports Al-Wefaq Government in Tripoli. The Council is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

The differences were revealed in a statement in which 24 members of the Council expressed their dissatisfaction with their marginalization within the Council and the hegemony by its Chairman Khaled Al-Mishri, who, as they condemned, controls the political dialogue committee representing the Council in Morocco. They called to apply the principle of equality between members in decision making in the country.

Al-Mashri, a leader in the Justice and Construction Party, the political arm of the Brotherhood organization in Libya, has held the presidency since April 2018.

This Supreme Council of State consists of 145 members, 134 of them from the General National Congress and 11 members of the political dialogue that led to the Skhirat Agreement. The council  works for the Government of National Accord on issues related to inking international agreements, and works in partnership with the Libyan Parliament in an advisory capacity.

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