Dabaiba and Takala accept UN envoy Bathily's call for a national dialogue between Libyan parties

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 26 Jan 2024, 01:53 AM
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The President of Libya's High Council of State, Mohamed Takala, and Government of National Unity Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dabaiba announced their acceptance of an invitation from the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Abdoulaye Bathily, to hold a national dialogue between Libyan parties.

The announcement came after Dabaiba met with Takala on Thursday evening at the headquarters of the High Council of State in Tripoli.

Dabaiba's media office said the meeting was devoted to "discussing the efforts by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya to hold a meeting with the Libyan parties to support the election file."

The office added that "the two sides stressed during the meeting the need to support the efforts of the UN envoy Abdoulaye Bathily in order to reach elections in accordance with fair and impartial laws, and to accept his call for a national dialogue between Libyan parties in accordance with clear national constants."

In late November 2023, Bathily called on the leaders of Libya's five main institutions to hold a meeting to discuss the next steps of the electoral process, after the House of Representatives passed the law on the election of the head of state and a law on the election of the National Assembly in October.

Dabaiba and Takala's announcement follows their meetings with a U.S. delegation led by U.S. Special Envoy for Libya Richard Norland, who visited Benghazi and Tripoli to rally support for the UN-facilitated political process.