Bathily says agreed with Tunisian FM on 'urgency for Libyan leaders to meet and agree on a consensual pathway to elections'

Alwasat Staff Sat 02 Dec 2023, 11:17 PM
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The UN envoy to Libya, Abdoulaye Bathily, said on Saturday that he agreed with Tunisian Foreign Minister, Nabil Ammar, on "the urgency for Libyan leaders to meet and agree on a consensual pathway to elections for peace and prosperity in their country."

The UN envoy added in a post on X, that he expressed his "gratitude to the Government of Tunisia for hosting and supporting UNSMIL as well as for their role in supporting unity, peace and stability in Libya."

Last month, Bathily put forward an initiative to break Libya's political deadlock but says it is "facing a lot of resistance".

He called for a meeting of the five parties he sees as key to the crisis: Presidential Council leader Mohamed Menfi, Speaker of the House of Representatives Aguila Saleh, High Council of State President Muhammad Takala, Government of National Unity Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba and Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Aguila Saleh confirmed his acceptance of Bathily's invitation on the condition that the head of the parliament-appointed government, Osama Hammad, joined the group, a condition that Haftar's General Command is also expected to adopt.

Saleh added an additional condition during a parliamentary session on Tuesday, which is that he will go to the meeting "provided that the agenda includes the formation of a new unified government".

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