Turkey welcomes Al-Sarraj's peace initiative, says ready to support dialogue efforts

Alwasat - Cairo Tue 18 Jun 2019, 11:31 AM
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Ankara welcomed the political initiative launched by Libya Presidential Council head Fayez Al-Sarraj which calls for holding a national forum and holding elections before the end of this year.

"Turkey supports the constructive efforts based on comprehensive dialogue and reconciliation in order to achieve progress on the political process in Libya and to ensure lasting stability in the country," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

To end the war in the capital, Al-Sarraj launched a new initiative, which includes the holding of a Libyan forum in coordination with the United Nations Mission, representing all national forces from all regions with presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of 2019.

But Al-Sarraj told Reuters he would not sit down again at the negotiating table with Libyan National Army Chief Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who observers say was "contrary to the initiative by excluding an important party on the way to resolving the crisis."

The Turkish Foreign Minister said last Friday after visiting his French counterpart that there was still hope for an international conference on Libya.

He called on the countries of the world to take steps in the interest of the unity of Libya. He stressed that the only solution to the unification of Libya is to support the efforts of the United Nations, adding: "Otherwise, God forbid, Libya may turn into a new Yemen or a new Syria."

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