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Libya’s Mishri: Bouznika Dialogue Helped End Political Deadlock

Libya’s Mishri: Bouznika Dialogue Helped End Political Deadlock

Friday, 23 October, 2020 - 05:30
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita receives Khalid al-Mishri, the chairman of Libya’s High Council of State, (MAP)

Khalid al-Mishri, the chairman of Libya’s High Council of State, an advisory body to the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, re-emphasized on Thursday the importance of the Bouznika dialogue, saying the discussions brought Libya’s crisis out of stagnation.

Speaking at a presser after meeting with the speaker of Morocco’s House of Councillors, Hakim Benchamach, in Rabat, Mishiri said: “The first meeting at Bouznika has moved stagnant Libyan waters, and that the world now evokes dialogues in different countries, in Geneva, Cairo, and Tunis.”

Mishri added that his visit to Morocco seeks to affirm and implement the resolutions of the Bouznika dialogue sessions, as well as to thank Morocco for its support of Libyans in finding solutions.

The visit, at the invitation of Benchamach, also seeks to facilitate discussions on how to implement the resolutions discussed in Bouznika, Mishri said.

“We receive all the support from Morocco and we thank them for everything they have provided us with in order to end the institutional division and the political deadlock,” he said.

Al-Mishri arrived in Morocco on Wednesday, when he held a meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.

Bourita echoed Mishri’s statements on the importance of the 2015 Skhirat Agreement, saying there is no alternative to it as a reference for Libya’s crisis resolution process.

He said that the agreement “grants legitimacy to institutions and to all the components of the dialogue and must remain a reference in the context of all the developments in this issue and the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”

Morocco’s top diplomat recalled that concerned parties can develop and adapt the agreement as realities evolve, renewing Morocco’s support for all efforts that seek to end the Libyan crisis.

Bourita also emphasized Morocco’s willingness to continue its positive neutrality in the search for a solution, free from any foreign interference.

He congratulated the Libyan parties who took part in the Bouznika talks, thanking them for showing “the spirit of responsibility and consensus which marked the debate on Article 15 [of the Skhirat Agreement], while making the interest of Libya prevail.”

The FM also called for the delegations to continue with the same positive dynamic to find a political solution for the conflict.

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