Libya's High Council of the State, headed by Khalid Al-Mishri, welcomed the political initiative launched by the Presidential Council leader, Fayez Al-Sarraj, calling for a national forum and holding elections before the end of this year, saying it "welcomes any initiative in order to repel aggression and end the crisis."
The High Council of State, in a statement published on its Facebook page on Wednesday morning said that "the initiative represents a basis from which to start a national meeting in which the Libyans agree on steps that will end the division." Pointing out that "the members of the Council discussed the return to the political process and would study the initiative before the next session."
The Council stressed that a "political agreement is the only legitimate framework for any solution to avoid creating a new crisis."
The Council also said it supports "a civil state, a peaceful transfer of power and rejected any militarization of the state," emphasizing that "elections should derive their legitimacy from a Libyan constitution prepared by a commission elected by the Libyan people. In order to avoid prolonging the transitional stages."