Diplomats said that "UN envoy, Ghassan Salamé, asked the countries that have influence on the commander in chief of the army, Marshal Khalifa Haftar, to exert pressure for the participation of his representatives in the political track meetings in Geneva, which started yesterday," according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
The political track meetings for the Libyan dialogue started yesterday, Wednesday, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva with the participation of representatives from Tobruk and Tripoli. The AFP quoted the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the interim government, Abdel Hadi Al-Hawij, as saying that the participation of his team "is still pending" and accused the United Nations of trying to "impose representatives."
The spokesman for Libya House of Representatives, Abdullah Bleihaq, said that the parliament is not participating in the political track meetings in Geneva. He added in a statement that the participation of the parliament will be in accordance with the decisions of the House of Representatives numbers 17 and 18 for the year 2020, pointing out that any participant outside this framework represent only themselves and does not represent the parliament.
He referred to the suspension of participation in the "Geneva Dialogue" until the UN mission formally responds to its questions regarding the dialogue's agenda.