Maghreb Union calls on neighboring countries to support ceasefire declaration in Libya

Alwasat - Cairo Mon 24 Aug 2020, 10:32 AM
alwasat radio

The Arab Maghreb Union called on neighboring countries and "people of goodwill" to take the initiative to support the declaration by Libya Presidential Council leader, Fayez Al-Sarraj, and the Speaker of Parliament, Aguila Saleh, to cease hostilities in the country, in order to ensure the rapid return of Libya to its natural Maghreb embrace.

The General Secretariat of the Shura Council of the Arab Maghreb Union welcomed the statements of Al-Sarraj and Saleh "to reach a preliminary agreement for an immediate ceasefire, with the aim of advancing the peace process in Libya," according to a statement by the union on Sunday.

In its statement, the Union expressed its "hope that this agreement will banish the specter of civil war and its repercussions on the unity, sovereignty and stability of Libya," and that it would be a "strong incentive to shape the contours of the new Libya, away from any foreign interference."

The Union also called on its members to "take the initiative to support and accompany this peaceful endeavor, to consolidate the success of the peace process, and to ensure the rapid return of Libya to embody the promising strategic and civilized Maghreb unity project."

While Algeria and Tunisia, Libya's two western neighbors, welcomed the announcement of the cessation of hostilities, no position was issued by Mauritania and Morocco, the other two members of the Arab Maghreb Union.

The Government of National Accord and the House of Representatives announced an immediate ceasefire in all Libyan territories on Friday.

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